Hamilton College defeated nationally ranked SUNY Cortland 7-5 at Hamilton's Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex on Monday afternoon.
The Continentals improved to 14-14 on the season after scoring four runs in the fifth to take the lead for good against the Red Dragons (28-8 overall). Cortland is ranked sixth by D3baseball.com and eighth by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
After scoring single runs in the first and third innings, the visiting Red Dragons held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom half of the third when Hamilton connected with three hits to tie the game. Ethan Wallis '21 and Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 kicked off the inning with back-to-back singles, Wallis advanced to third on Schaefer-Hood's hit to left field to put runners on the corners. Matt Zaffino '21 reached first on a fielder's choice when the Cortland third baseman threw out Wallis heading for home. Two batters later and with two outs, Jacob Han '21 ripped a line drive single to center field to collect his first two RBIs of the game.
Hamilton racked up four runs on two hits, three walks and one error in the fifth inning. Wallis took first with a leadoff walk. Schaefer-Hood followed with a single to the outfield, moving Wallis to third base and advancing to second on the throw to third. Cortland intentionally walked Zaffino to load the bases with no outs and Matt Cappelletti '21 earned a run-scoring walk on a full count. A passed ball scored Schaefer-Hood from third and advanced the runners to second and third. Two more runs scored when the short stop misjudged a grounder by Han. Matt McGoey '21 added another hit for the Continentals but Cortland got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a foul popup.
Cappelletti extended Hamilton's lead to 7-2 in the sixth when he hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field, scoring Wallis who reached first on an infield single at the start of the inning.
Cortland hit two doubles in the seventh inning to cut its deficit to 7-3 and scored two more runs in the ninth off one hit and two errors.
Wallis had three hits with one walk and he scored two runs for Hamilton. Schaefer-Hood and McGoey both added two hits. Han finished with three RBIs and Cappelletti had two RBIs. Mike Borek '18 made his first career start on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks and he had two strikeouts for the win. Borek improved his earned run average to 1.53 through 17.2 innings. Brett Sandford '19 entered the game in the seventh inning with two runners on and the potential tying run on deck as he worked through the final 2.1 innings for the save.
Patrick Schetter went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, and Justin Teague contributed two hits with one RBI. Colin DeVard, Marcos Perivolaris and Joe Tardif each hit doubles, and Antonio Pragana walked twice and scored twice. Anthony Visconte entered the game in the third inning and gave up four earned runs on four hits and three walks to take the loss.
Hamilton travels to St. Lawrence University on Tuesday for single non-conference game at 4 p.m.