The Continentals are scheduled to play 13 games during a two-week trip to Florida in March. The first home date of 2013 is scheduled for April 3 against SUNY Canton. Hamilton hosts Amherst for four games on April 20 and 21, and Williams for a three-game set on April 27 and 28. The Continentals play their annual Jackie Robinson Game at home against Utica College on April 9.
Klein led Hamilton with a .351 batting average on 33 hits in 94 at-bats last year. He hit nine doubles and posted a .500 slugging percentage. Fuentes' .340 batting average with 36 hits in 106 at-bats leads all returning outfielders. He smacked six doubles and drove in 14 runs. Bridenbeck finished with 23 hits and started all but one game, mostly behind the plate. In 2011, he tied for first in the NESCAC with 12 runners caught stealing, and committed just one error for a .993 fielding percentage.
Three freshmen pitchers started 23 of the Continentals' 32 games last year. Alex Pachella '15 had the best season of that triowith a 3-2 record and 3.98 earned run average in 43 innings. Pachella pitched a shutout in a 2-0 win against Union College and recorded one save. He struck out 26 batters and walked just seven. Ryan Crawford '15 (43.1 IP) and JJay Lane '15 (47.1 IP) also logged big innings in their rookie year. Lane led the team with 30 strikeouts. Moriarty is the top returner out of the bullpen with a 4.79 ERA in 20.2 innings of work. He fanned 11 and walked only three.
Hamilton set a program record with 14 wins in 2009. The Continentals set team records for most runs, hits, runs batted in, doubles, total bases and stolen bases. Six players established eight single-season individual marks as well. Pitcher Max Foster '10 was a NESCAC all-conference first team selection. He became the team's first all-conference honoree since Steve Guillette '01 made the second team in 1999. John Porges '07 was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2005 when he made the New York Region's all-region third team after he set program records with 78 total bases and 31 RBI, and tied another record with seven homers.
Foster and Alex Augustyn '10 graduated in 2010 after enjoying two of the best careers in Hamilton baseball history. Foster set career records with 187 innings pitched and 163 strikeouts, and finished in the top five in four other categories. He is tied for the team record with 62 strikeouts in a season. Augustyn holds career marks with a .371 batting average and 30 doubles, and is in the top five in four other categories. His 14 doubles in 2009 are a season record, and he tied the record for saves in a season with four.
The Continentals ranked third in the NESCAC and set a program record with 66 stolen bases in 2010, and tied another team record with nine triples. Hamilton won 10 or more games every year from 2008 to 2010. It was the first time the Continentals posted double-digit victories three seasons in a row since the program was formed in 1884.
Hamilton's home is the Royce Baseball Field, which is named for Steve Royce (Class of 1914). Royce played professional baseball with the old New York Giants for one season. After he graduated from Hamilton in June of 1914, Royce joined a State League team in Binghamton, but was transferred to the Giants before he could play any games. The pitcher's control was praised by several veterans, including Cy Young. The season ended in the fall, and Royce enrolled at New York University in order to pursue a career in law. He never played professional baseball again.