Hamilton College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Otterbein College mounted a furious offensive attack and handed the Continentals a 20-5 loss at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla., on March 24.
Hamilton (5-5 overall) faces Kalamazoo College for a doubleheader at the same site on Wednesday, March 25. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.
Sam Choate '12 went 3-for-4 at the plate for Hamilton, scored one run and drove in another. Michael Matt '11 added two hits and Wes Mayberry '11 boomed a double.
Choate opened the scoring in the bottom of the first after he singled to left field. He eventually came home on an Otterbein fielding error. Gideon Clark '09 scored when Grady Vigneau '10 grounded out to first base, and Mayberry made it 3-0 on an infield error off the bat of Matt.
Otterbein (6-3) -- a Division III school located in Ohio -- closed the gap to 3-2 in the top of the second inning and added two more runs in the third for a 4-3 lead. Hamilton regained the lead at 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the inning. The Continentals did not score again, and Otterbein continued its steady attack with six runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth for a 15-5 advantage.
Brendan Rafalski '11 started and took the loss on the mound for Hamilton. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits. Nzaba Fonseca-Sabune '12, Michael Caruso '12, Andrew Perkowski '10, Max Currier '10 and John Wulf '12 pitched in relief. Hamilton was out-hit 22-8.