Baseball rides big fourth inning to win over Rutgers-Camden

Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College's Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 allowed one run in eight innings and the Continentals posted a 6-1 non-conference win against the Rutgers University-Camden Raptors at Lake Myrtle Field in Auburndale, Florida, on Saturday.

Schaefer-Hood (3-0) scattered 10 hits -- only one of which went for extra bases -- walked one and struck out five. He has a 2.05 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 22 innings so far this year. Jamie Hauswirth '22 pitched a scoreless ninth for Hamilton (6-5 overall).

Graham McOsker '20 singled twice and drove in two runs for the Continentals, and Jarrett Lee '21 went 2-for-3 with a walk. Joe Suski '21 scored two runs and Ethan Wallis '21, Matt Cappelletti '21 and Rich Marooney '21 smacked triples. Wallis leads the team in batting average (.412), on-base percentage (.523) and slugging percentage (.618).

Tyler Travis, Chris Jones and Wayne Jackson recorded two hits each for Rutgers-Camden (5-8). Mike Paciocco doubled and Matt Yanick drove in the Raptors' lone run. Starting pitcher Mike Calabrese (0-1) lasted just three-plus innings and took the loss.

Hamilton grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Marooney and Wallis smashed back-to-back triples with two outs. The Continentals added all the runs they needed the next inning. Lee and Craig Sandford '19 led off with walks, moved up on a double steal, and Lee scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Suski plated Sandford with a single and went to second base on a wild pitch. McOsker drove in Suski with a single and later advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt. McOsker made it 5-0 when he came around on Cappelletti's triple.

Rutgers-Camden got one back in the top of the fifth on Yanick's sacrifice fly that scored Travis, who had reached base earlier with a single. Hamilton scored its final run with a two-out rally in the eighth inning. Suski reached base on a fielder's choice, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. He crossed home plate on another base hit by McOsker.

The Continentals return to the diamond on Monday, March 25 with a doubleheader against Saint Joseph's College of Maine at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven. First pitch of Game 1 against the 11-1 Monks is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.