Baseball drops two more against Williams
Hamilton College could not match the offensive output of Williams College and the visiting Ephs swept a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division doubleheader at Royce Field on April 18.
Williams (17-7 overall, 6-2 NESCAC West) opened the day with a 10-3 win in seven innings, and rolled to a 16-9 victory in the nightcap. Hamilton (11-14, 2-6) lost to the Ephs on Friday, 11-1.
Max Foster '10 suffered his first loss in seven starts on the mound for Hamilton. Foster dropped to 4-1 this season as he allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out four batters and is tied with James Harrison for the program's all-time lead with 135.
Williams started hot as the Ephs clubbed two-run homers in the first and second innings to support an early 5-0 lead. The Ephs added five more in the top of the seventh before Hamilton scored its only three runs of the game in the bottom half.
Pat Gennaco '11 picked up an RBI on a groundout to second as Alex Augustyn '10 crossed the plate. Joe Buicko '11 boomed a double to send Wes Mayberry '11 home and Sam Choate '12 singled up the middle to plate Buicko. Choate and Augustyn finished with two hits apiece.
Hamilton produced more offense in Game 2, but the Ephs answered every spurt. The hosts trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth and closed the gap with a three-run rally.
With Gideon Clark '09 on third base, Justin Atwood '11 struck out swinging at a pitch in the dirt. When the catcher threw the ball to first to complete the out, Clark scampered home. Augustyn used his team-high ninth double of the season on the next at-bat to score Mayberry. Ryan Calabrese '09 plated Augustyn with a single.
Williams responded with six runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for an 11-3 lead, but Hamilton put together one more rally to keep things interesting. Atwood walked with the bases loaded to force Mayberry home. Augustyn singled to right field to score Clark, and Michael Matt '11 walked to force in another run. Grady Vigneau '10 closed out the inning with a single to shortstop that scored Atwood. The spurt left Hamilton trailing 11-7.
Williams put the game out of reach with five runs in the eighth. Hamilton scored two more in the bottom half, but did not get any closer. Augustyn and Mayberry finished with two hits apiece and Augustyn added two RBI.
Andrew Perkowski '10 took the loss on the mound for Hamilton, though he allowed just one earned run on three hits in three innings. The Continentals went through six relief pitchers to try to silence Williams' bats.
Hamilton hosts SUNY Brockport for a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 19.