The Hamilton College baseball team opens NESCAC West Division play with a three-game series at Amherst College this weekend. The Continentals and Mammoths will play a single game Friday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. and a noon doubleheader on Saturday. Friday will be the conference opener for both teams.
Hamilton (6-7 overall) is coming off a doubleheader sweep over SUNY Canton by scores of 5-4 and 9-2 in its home opener on March 25 and have won six games in a row by outscoring its opponents 50-26 after scoring just 13 runs in its first seven contests.
The Continentals offense ranks top-three in the NESCAC with 19 doubles, six triples, five home runs, 58 walks and 14 stolen bases. The pitching staff combines for a 4.79 earned run average which ranks third in the conference.
Jarrett Lee '21 leads the way with a .406 batting average. He has recorded at least one hit in the last seven games that he has played in. Lee totaled six hits, four runs batted in and two stolen bases against SUNY Canton. Fellow classmate, Matt Zaffino '21 is hitting .375 and leads the team in slugging percentage (.781), RBIs (12), walks (9) and extra base hits (8). Dan DePaoli '18 and Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 both average over six strikeouts per nine innings.
Amherst (7-5) has won four consecutive games since returning from its spring break trip to Florida. Most recently, the Mammoths downed Brandeis University 14-3 on Tuesday.
Led by Andrew Ferrero, the Amherst pitching staff guides the NESCAC with a 3.73 ERA. Ferrero has a 1.13 ERA with 13 strikeouts through 16.0 innings pitched. Sam Schneider and Davis Brown both average over 10 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Mammoths top hitters are Joseph Palmo, Ariel Kenney and Max Steinhorn. Palmo (.469/.514/.563) leads the team with 15 hits. Kenney (.364/.462/.697) and Steinhorn (.341/.429/.415) both have scored 10 runs, and Steinhorn has six stolen bases. Harry Robertson has 11 RBIs while hitting .256.