Baseball opens NESCAC schedule with victory
Hamilton College split a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division doubleheader with Wesleyan University at Wesleyan's Dresser Diamond on April 2.
Hamilton (5-11 overall, 1-1 NESCAC West) won the seven-inning opener 12-4 behind some fine pitching by John Wulf '12. Wulf allowed three earned runs and scattered 10 hits in seven innings as his record improved to 2-0. He walked two and struck out five.
Wesleyan (11-9, 1-1) came back to capture the nine-inning second game, 14-5. Five Continental pitchers combined to allow nine walks and 15 hits, and Hamilton committed four errors. The Cardinals scored at least one run in six out of eight innings.
In Game 1, the Continentals broke a 2-2 tie with nine runs in the top of the sixth inning. Mike Matt '11, Lukas Bridenbeck '13, Wes Mayberry '11, Kevin Prindle '13, Justin Atwood '11 and Pat Gennaco '11 all drove in runs during the outburst. Mayberry and Bridenbeck hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh for Hamilton's 12th run.
Five Hamilton players had two hits each. Mayberry doubled twice and had two RBI. Bridenbeck singled, doubled and scored two runs. Joe Buicko '11 went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, and Atwood was 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Gennaco went 2-for-2 and stole two bases.
In Game 2, the Continentals led 4-2 after scoring four runs in the top of the fourth. Sam Choate '12 hit a two-run double, a wild pitch scored a run and Bridenbeck plated the fourth run with a groundout.
Wesleyan rallied to take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning, and never trailed again. Buicko smacked a double and Prindle had two hits. Colin Henneberger '14 pitched 3.1 innings and took the loss.
The two teams play one more nine-inning game at Wesleyan on Sunday, April 3. A live webcast is available at the link below.
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