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Joe Jensen '15, Kenny Collins '17 and JJay Lane '15 lead the Hamilton College baseball program into 2015. Jensen was a 2014 NESCAC All-Conference Team selection and he has been identified as the top pro prospect in NCAA Division III by Baseball America. He ranked third in the conference with a .398 batting average and led the way with 23 stolen bases. Collins was sixth with a .359 batting average last year as a rookie. Lane owns the program record for lowest earned run average in a season and is the team's captain.

Hamilton competes in the NESCAC's West Division with Williams College, Amherst College, Middlebury College and Wesleyan University. The NESCAC sends its overall conference champion to the NCAA Division III regionals. One baseball national champion and one NCAA runner-up have come from the conference since 1994 -- the first year NESCAC teams could compete for the NCAA championship. Three conference teams combined to go 7-6 in the 2014 regionals.

The Continentals are scheduled to play 12 games during a two-week trip to Florida in March. The first home date of 2015 is scheduled for April 2 against Cazenovia College. Hamilton hosts Amherst for three games on April 17 and 18 and Williams for a three-game set on April 24 and 25. The Continentals play the 28th Jackie Robinson Game against Utica College at home on April 7.

Jensen is already the team's career leader with 54 stolen bases and tied the program record for runs scored in a season in 2013. Colin Henneberger '14 graduated in fifth place on Hamilton's career strikeouts list and fellow pitcher Tommy Moriarty '14 ended up in the top five in appearances, saves and lowest ERA. Brian Ferrell '16, Jared Friedberg '16, Steve LaRochelle '14 and Erick Wong '16 made the 2014 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team.

The Continentals posted a program record for wins in a season in 2013. Hamilton defeated each of its four NESCAC West Division opponents and first baseman/outfielder Gabe Klein '13 was an all-conference selection for the second straight year. The Continentals led the NESCAC with a team-record 85 stolen bases, including 29 by Jensen, who shattered the program mark with that total. Moriarty topped the conference with six saves and 27 appearances, and Lane ranked third with a 1.46 earned run average. All three of those performances were good for team records.

Klein, who transferred to Hamilton after one year at Fairfield University, completed a spectacular three-year baseball career with the Continentals in 2013. He made the 2013 NESCAC All-Conference first team after he was on the all-conference and D3baseball.com Northeast Region All-Region teams in 2012. He broke his own team record for walks in a season with 30 and finished third in walks on the program's all-time list. He is the team's all-time leader with an on-base percentage of .469 and is tied for third in doubles and ranked fourth in career batting average. He also made the 2013 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Hamilton set team records for most runs, hits, runs batted in, doubles and total bases in 2009. Six players established eight single-season individual marks as well. Pitcher Max Foster '10 was a NESCAC All-Conference first team selection. Foster 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 (ABCA) in 2005 when he made the New York Region's All-Region third team. Porges set program records with 78 total bases and 31 RBI and tied another record with seven homers. First baseman Sean Fay '98 received third team all-region honors in 1998. Sam Choate '12 graduated as Hamilton's all-time leader in hits, runs, triples, total bases and stolen bases.

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 three other categories. He also tied 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 team record.

Hamilton's home is the Royce Baseball Field, which is named for Steve Royce (Class of 1914). After he graduated from Hamilton in June of 1914, Royce worked out for the old New York Giants and signed a contract to play professional baseball with the team. The pitcher's control was praised by several veterans, including Cy Young. In the fall, Royce enrolled at New York University in order to pursue a career in law and never renewed his contract with the Giants.