Baseball travels to Utica for 31st annual Jackie Robinson Game

Brian Lawson '20 and Craig Sandford '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Brian Lawson '20 and Craig Sandford '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College baseball team visits Utica College on Tuesday to take on the Pioneers in the annual Jackie Robinson Game at 4:15 p.m.

The game, which celebrates Robinson breaking major league baseball's color line in 1947, was instituted in 1987 on the 40th anniversary of that milestone and is sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Frontiersmen. Tuesday marks the 31st Jackie Robinson Game. The Continentals have won the last two meetings by scores of 12-3 and 19-9, with the Pioneers leading the series 16-14.

Matt Zaffino '21 guides Hamilton (15-17 overall) with a .345 batting average, .491 on-base percentage and .619 slugging percentage. Zaffino has totaled 19 runs batted in on 29 hits with four triples, three homers and 26 walks during his rookie season so far.

Jarrett Lee '21 (.318/.439/.420) has 11 RBIs, five doubles and seven stolen bases. Ethan Wallis '21 bats .273 with 10 RBIs, and Craig Sandford '19 is hitting .263 with a .400 on-base percentage. Brian Lawson '20 ranks sixth in the NESCAC with a 2.41 earned run average. Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 also ranks sixth in the conference with an average of 8.44 strikeouts per nine innings.

Utica (12-16) has lost eight games in a row, all in Empire 8 play. Ryan Palmer (.372/.444/.436) and Matthew Fitzgerald (.372/.455/.477) lead the Pioneers at the plate. Christian Tiffin hits .347, Tim Quinlan (.330/.404/.593) has 23 RBIs, four home runs, 10 doubles and four stolen bases, and Tom Carrigan has a .313 batting average with 10 doubles and 14 walks. The pitching staff has a 7.29 ERA, with Justin Shabman holding a team-low 3.00 ERA through 24 innings on the mound.