Baseball sweeps Canton in home opener to win six straight

Dan DePaoli ‘18 (Josh McKee photo)
Dan DePaoli ‘18 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals swept a non-conference doubleheader against SUNY Canton by scores of 5-4 and 9-2 at Hamilton's Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton (6-7 overall) has won six games in a row by outscoring its opponents 50-26 after scoring just 13 runs in its first seven contests.

Jarrett Lee '21 totaled six hits and the Continentals' pitching staff held Canton (3-10) to just six hits all day.

Hamilton opens its NESCAC West Division schedule with a three-game series next weekend at Amherst College. The first game will be Friday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.

Game 1: Hamilton 5, Canton 4

The Continentals posted all five of their runs in the second inning on three hits. Matt Zaffino '21 and Graham McOsker '20 both earned walks and David Braverman '20 loaded the bases with a base knock to right field. Nate Goodman '20 walked to score Zaffino from third and Lee batted in two runs with a single down the right field line. Ethan Wallis '21 then smashed a double to the fence in right-center field to score Goodman, and Lee scored Hamilton's fifth and final run when James Nish '20 grounded out to second base.

Lee finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and one stolen base. Both Wallis and Zaffino hit doubles, and Nish hit his second triple of the season. Hamilton ranks second in the NESCAC with six triples and is third with 19 doubles.

The Roos capitalized on five walks, one hit batter and one hit for four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Brian Santana scored Canton's first run after Collin Lynk walked with the bases loaded. Brandon Bautista singled to left field to score two more runs for the Roos, and Lynk came around to score the fourth run after two more Canton walks.

Bautista had the only two hits for Canton. Derrek DuPont lasted just 1.1 innings on the mound and took the loss, giving up four hits, five runs and three walks. Zach Cortese and Luis Torres-Rivera kept Hamilton to just three hits for the remainder of the game.

Dan DePaoli '18 earned his second win of the season and the ninth of his career on the mound for the Continentals. DePaoli tallied four strikeouts and allowed five walks, one hit and one run through four-plus innings. Ian Nish '19 picked up his third save of the season after retiring three straight Roo batters in the seventh inning.

Game 2: Hamilton 9, Canton 2

The Continentals recorded five runs in the second inning, one in the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth to earn the sweep. Led by Lee's three-hit performance, Hamilton totaled 12 hits during the second game of the doubleheader.

For the second time today, Hamilton gained a 5-0 lead in the second inning. McOsker was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second base when Craig Sandford '19 singled. Jacob Han '21 then legged out a bunt single to load the bases for Goodman, who drilled a bases-clearing triple to the gap in right-center field. Lee poked a single over the infield to score Goodman, and Hamilton loaded the bases again with two walks. Zaffino followed with a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Lee from third base.

Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 kept Canton scoreless until the fifth inning and hitless until the sixth. After walking the first two batters in the first, the first-year pitcher settled in and retired 13 straight Roos and finished with four strikeouts. Schaefer-Hood allowed two walks, one hit and one unearned run.

Canton scored its second run in the top of the seventh inning with a two-out single up the middle by Edward Malinoski, but Tom Riley (1.0 inning) struck out two Canton batters and forced a groundout to second base to ensure the victory.

Lee went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Hamilton. Zaffino and Goodman both went 2-for-3. Goodman racked up three RBIs with a triple and Zaffino had a double with one RBI. Zaffino ranks third in the conference in both doubles (5) and slugging percentage (.781).