Zaffino '21 gets hit in fourth straight game in baseball setback

Matt Zaffino '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Matt Zaffino '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College scored six unearned runs on three Hamilton College errors in the seventh inning and the Ephs went on to post a 10-3 NESCAC West Division win at Hamilton's Loop Road Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The Continentals (14-15, 4-6 NESCAC West) scored a run in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth. The two teams finish their weekend series at Hamilton with a doubleheader that starts at noon on Sunday, April 28.

Matt Zaffino '21 extended his hit streak to four games for the Continentals. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in two runs. Matt Cappelletti '21 singled, doubled and walked, and Nate Goodman '20 went 2-for-3. Ethan Wallis '21 cracked his seventh double, walked and was hit by a pitch. Wallis leads the team with a .371 batting average and Goodman is hitting .360. Craig Sandford '19 drew three walks. Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 (6-2) took just his second loss as he allowed three earned runs on 10 hits, walked one and struck out four in 6.2 innings.

Jack Bohen improved his record to 4-0 for Williams (19-7, 4-3) by pitching six shutout innings. Bohen allowed six hits, walked one and fanned seven. Six of the Ephs' 13 hits went for extra bases. Mike Stamas led the offense with four hits and three runs scored. Kellen Hatheway had three hits including two doubles and Alex Panstares doubled, tripled and drove in two runs.

Williams scored a run in the top of the third inning and added two more in the sixth. The Ephs led 9-1 after seven and tallied their final run in the ninth.

Hamilton finally broke through in the seventh inning. Adam Wijaya '22 singled through the left side with one out and Zaffino and James Nish '19 drew walks to load the bases with two outs. Sandford coaxed the third walk of the inning and forced in Wijaya.

The Continentals took advantage of more free passes in the bottom of the eighth to score their last two runs. Cappelletti led off with a walk and Wallis and Wijaya walked as Hamilton loaded the bases again with one out. Zaffino followed with a single through the left side that drove in Wallis and Cappelletti.

The Continentals honored seniors David Braverman '19, John Carey '19, Carter King '19, Ian Nish '19, James Nish, Jordan Northrup '19, Brett Sandford '19 and Craig Sandford before the game.