Rosenberg '18 gets two hits in his last home baseball game

Dean Rosenberg '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Dean Rosenberg '18 (Josh McKee photo)

The Middlebury College Panthers scored 19 runs on 23 hits in their NESCAC West Division doubleheader sweep against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex on Saturday.

The Continentals (15-17, 3-8 NESCAC West) played their final home games of 2018. Hamilton honored its five seniors (Mike Borek '18, Dan DePaoli '18, Charlie Lynn '18, Dean Rosenberg '18, Spencer Vogelbach '18) before the first game.

Middlebury (13-13, 5-4) won all three games in the weekend series thanks to their 5-3 victory against the Continentals on Friday. The Panthers are in third place in the NESCAC West standings with three games to play and have kept their postseason hopes alive.

Hamilton is back in action on Tuesday, May 1 at Utica College for the Jackie Robinson Game. First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

Game 1: Middlebury 9, Hamilton 3

Graham McOsker '20 had two of the Continentals' five hits and Craig Sandford '19 doubled for the fourth time in his Hamilton career in the opener. Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 (4-4) allowed five earned runs on seven hits and five walks in four-plus innings and took the loss.

Hayden Smith and Henry Strmecki posted two hits and three runs batted in apiece for the Panthers. Brooks Carroll and Phil Bernstein chipped in two hits apiece. Robert Erickson (3-2) nearly went the distance on the mound as he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings.

Middlebury broke the game wide open with a six-run fifth inning. Sam Graf led off with a walk and Jake Dianno followed with a deep drive to right field that bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Gray Goolsby loaded the bases when he reached on an infield error, and all three runners moved up on a wild pitch. Bernstein walked to load the bases again, and Strmecki greeted relief pitcher Brett Sandford '19 with a double down the left field line that drove in two for a 6-1 lead. Smith's triple to deep center field plated two more runs and he scored on Carroll's base hit to center for a 9-1 cushion.

The Panthers led 3-0 after the top of the fourth but the Continentals countered with a run in the bottom of the inning as Sandford's double down the line in right scored Jacob Han '21. Hamilton scored its other two runs in the sixth inning. Rosenberg was hit by a pitch and Han walked to start the inning. After Han was erased at second base on a fielder's choice, McOsker's single to right-center field scored Rosenberg. Craig Sandford scored the last run for the Continentals on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Suski '21.

Game 2: Middlebury 10, Hamilton 3

Jarrett Lee '21, who is hitting .318 this year, led the Continentals' offense with three hits. Ethan Wallis '21 and Rosenberg added two hits apiece. Tom Riley '20 (1-4) allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks in three innings and picked up the loss. Ian Nish '19 (0.48 ERA) tossed two scoreless innings in relief and hasn't allowed a run in 13 straight appearances. Mike Borek '18 faced the minimum three batters in a scoreless eighth inning and lowered his ERA to 1.31.

George Goldstein (2-0) tossed five shutout innings in his first start for the Panthers. Goldstein allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six. Smith paced the offense with three hits and two runs batted in, and Strmecki added three hits including a pair of triples. Carroll and Justin Han recorded two hits apiece.

Middlebury scored three runs in the first inning and four more in the third and cruised the rest of the way. The Panthers mustered just one hit in the top of the first but took advantage of two walks and three Hamilton errors and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The big blows in the third inning were a run-scoring triple by Grant Elgarten and a two-run homer over the wall in left field by Graf that made it 6-0.

The Continentals scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings -- all with two outs. In the seventh Lee reached base on an infield single, moved to second on a walk, and scored on Rosenberg's single to right-center field. David Braverman '19 doubled to center field in the eighth and scored on a single to right center by Matt McGoey '21. Hamilton scored its final run on singles by Lee, Rosenberg and pinch-hitter Matt Carney '21.