Hamilton College split a non-conference doubleheader against Illinois Institute of Technology at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida, on Friday. The Continentals posted a 7-3 victory in the second game after falling 5-1 in the morning contest.
Hamilton (5-5 overall) plays a single 9-inning game against Rutgers University-Camden on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Lake Myrtle Field No. 5.
Game Two: Hamilton 7, Illinois Tech 3
The Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks (4-6) scored twice in the top half of the first inning off four hits for its only lead of game two. Hamilton quickly took control by scoring at least one run in all but one inning.
Brady Slinger '22 cut the Continentals' deficit in half in the bottom of the first with a one-out single and scored three batters later after two walks and a wild pitch.
In the second inning it was Slinger's turn to drive in some runs on a line drive to center field with the bases loaded. Ethan Murphy '22 easily scored from third and Rich Marooney '21 raced in from second and avoided the tag by the Illinois catcher for a 3-1 lead.
Jarrett Lee '21 scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the third. Lee singled through the left side of the infield and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Cam Morosky '22. Lee advanced all the way to third on the bunt when he saw the bag left uncovered and scored on a throwing error.
The Continentals tacked on two more runs in the fourth for a 6-2 edge. Matt Zaffino '21 hit a leadoff single and scored on a triple to the gap in right-center field by James Nish '19. Matt Cappelletti '21 replaced Nish at third and scored the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly to deep left field by Jordan Northrup '19.
The Scarlet Hawks scored their third and final run in the top of the fifth with a leadoff walk, stolen base and double to right center. Hamilton took back its four-run lead with one run in the sixth. Cappelletti reached first on an error by the shortstop and came around to score after a wild pitch, a Northrup single and a successful squeeze bunt by Lee.
Slinger, Marooney and Ethan Wallis '21 finished with two hits each. Zaffino singled and walked twice.
Kenny Gray '20 (1-0) started on the mound and allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk. Gray also had four strikeouts though five innings for the win. Jamie Hauswirth '22 earned his first save with the Continentals with two strikeouts and two shutout innings.
Game One: Illinois Tech 5, Hamilton 1
After two scoreless innings, Hamilton scored first in the top of the third. Nate Goodman '20 was hit by a pitch to lead off and Joe Suski '21 followed with an infield single. Goodman moved to third on a double play and scored on Slinger's single to right field.
Illinois Tech tied the score and took the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the third on a walk, double, passed ball and single through the left side. The Scarlet Hawks scored one run in the fourth for a 3-1 lead and added two more in the bottom of the sixth to complete the scoring.
Hamilton's three hits came off the bats of Goodman, Slinger and Suski, and Zaffino drew a walk. Brian Lawson '20 (1-1) pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in the loss.