Max Foster '10 pitched five shutout innings to lead visiting Hamilton College to a 7-4 win against SUNY Institute of Technology in a non-conference game played at Wildcat Field on April 28.
Hamilton (13-18 overall) tied a program record with its 13th victory. SUNYIT (13-20) trailed 6-0 through five innings, but rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the ninth to give the Continentals a scare.
Foster allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out five as his record improved to 5-1. Gideon Clark '09 singled and moved into a tie for fifth place on the team's all-time hits list with 105. Clark also moved into fifth place in career at-bats with 344.
Michael Matt '11 went 2-for-2 with his first triple this season and drove in two runs. Ryan Calabrese '09 chipped in two hits and two RBI. Justin Atwood '11 singled, doubled and scored two runs. Alex Augustyn '10 cracked his team-high 11th double.
Augustyn also tied a team record with his fourth save as he recorded the final out with a runner on first base in the ninth inning on a ground ball back to himself. Atwood and Joe Rowbottom saved four games apiece in 2008 and 1995, respectively.
The Continentals scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third to open up a 5-0 lead and never trailed. Matt scored the first run after Clark was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second. Pat Gennaco '11 scored to make it 2-0 when Augustyn reached on an error by the SUNYIT second baseman.
In the third inning, Matt drew a walk with the bases loaded to send Wes Mayberry '11 home. Calabrese plated Atwood on a groundout to short and Gennaco sent Sam Choate '12 home with an RBI single to left field.
Hamilton pushed its lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning when Matt tripled to right center with one out and scored on a single to right field by Calabrese. The Continentals added one more run in the ninth with three straight hits to lead off the inning. Atwood doubled to center field, Choate singled to center and Matt's base hit to center scored Atwood.
Hamilton hosts Union College on Wednesday, April 29, for a non-conference game at Royce Field.