Baseball defeats Union with strong pitching effort
Max Foster '10 pitched seven strong innings and Hamilton College ended its three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win against Union College at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on March 21.
Foster earned the win as he struck out six batters and allowed just one earned run on one walk and five hits. He moved into second place on the program's career list with 101 strikeouts.
Sam Choate '12, Gideon Clark '09, Alex Augustyn '10 and Ryan Calabrese '09 each had two hits. Augustyn drove in two runs and Calabrese drove in one.
Hamilton (3-3 overall) took a 1-0 lead after one inning and a 2-0 lead after two. Neither team scored again until Union (0-1) sliced its deficit to 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning. Hamilton responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Kyle Mason '11 scored the first run after drilling a leadoff single for his first career hit. Mason later reached home on a fielder's choice. Augustyn boomed a double with Joe Buicko '11 and Clark on base to bring them both home. Augustyn scored the fourth run on a sacrifice fly by Wes Mayberry '11. Mason and Clark finished with two runs scored apiece.
Union scored two more runs in the top of the eighth, but Augustyn made sure the Dutchmen did not get any closer. He pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his first career save.
Hamilton faces Suffolk University at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla., on Sunday, March 22.