Pitching leads baseball to NESCAC West split with Williams

Chris Keane '20 (Jerry Tang '21 photo)
Chris Keane '20 (Jerry Tang '21 photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals' pitching staff allowed just three earned runs and split a NESCAC West Division doubleheader with the Williams College Ephs at Hamilton's Loop Road Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.

The Continentals (15-16, 5-7 NESCAC West) edged Williams 3-2 in the seven-inning opener but dropped Game 2 by a 2-0 score despite allowing just two hits. The Ephs took the series by virtue of their 10-3 win on Saturday.

Hamilton makes the short trip to SUNY Polytechnic just north of Utica for a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 30 at 4:15 p.m.

Game 1 (Hamilton 3, Williams 2)

Chris Keane '20 (1-1) picked up his first win this season by allowing one unearned run on four hits in five innings. Justin Schirmacher '20 earned the first save of his career with the Continentals as he gave up one run in the last two innings. Ethan Wallis '21 singled, walked and stole two bases.

For Williams (20-8, 5-4), both Tom Benz and Doug Schaffer went 2-for-3 with a double. John Lamont (1-3) allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings. Lamont struck out six and walked four.

Hamilton grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Matt Cappelletti '21 led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and made it to third on a wild pitch. Wallis drew a two-out walk and stole second base. Wallis and Cappelletti pulled off a double steal on a 1-2 count to Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 on a pitch in the dirt. The catcher was able to stop the ball and grab it in front of home plate, but Cappelletti's head-first slide just beat the tag.

The Ephs evened the score in the fourth with a run that was helped by two errors. The Continentals came right back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Nate Goodman '20 led off with a single to center field and was replaced by pinch-runner John Carey '19. Brady Slinger '22 popped up a bunt in front of the plate that the catcher dove for and missed. The third baseman charged and tried to get Slinger at first but the throw sailed over the first baseman's head and went all the way down the right-field line. The right fielder slipped near the line trying to retrieve the errant throw and both Carey and Slinger came all the way around for a 3-1 Hamilton lead.

Williams trimmed their deficit to 3-2 in the sixth against Schirmacher but the reliever, who was making just his second appearance all season, shut down the Ephs in the seventh. He allowed a leadoff single that advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and retired the next two batters on groundouts to end the game.

Game 2 (Williams 2, Hamilton 0)

Schaefer-Hood posted the first three-hit game of his Hamilton career and Cappelletti doubled and walked. Cappelletti has eight hits in his last 14 at-bats including three doubles and a home run. Kenny Gray '20 (2-3) had a no-hitter going through five innings, but allowed two runs in the sixth on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. Jamie Hauswirth '22 tossed three perfect innings in relief of Gray.

Sam Rohrer (3-1) allowed three hits and struck out six in eight shutout innings for Williams. Kyle Dean fanned two in the ninth inning and picked up his fourth save. Schaffer came through with two outs in the sixth on a bases-loaded single through the right side that drove in both runs.

The Continentals' best chance to score came in the seventh inning when Schaefer-Hood led off with a bunt single and went to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. Rohrer got the next three batters to ground out to second, fly out to left and strike out swinging.