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The Hamilton College Continentals dropped the rubber game of their NESCAC West Division series with the Middlebury College Panthers, losing 10-3 at Hamilton's Royce Field on Sunday afternoon.

Box score

The Panthers (4-12, 2-7 NESCAC West) scored the game’s first 10 runs. Middlebury’s Logan Mobley ’15 held the Continentals (8-9, 1-4) to one hit over five shutout innings and the Panthers took advantage of five Hamilton errors and five wild pitches. Dylan Kane ’14 picked up his first save of the season, pitching four innings of four-hit relief.

Mobley (1-1) struck out three and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning when Ryan Wolfsberg ’17 singled with one out. Mobley allowed four baserunners that inning (one walk and two hit batsmen) but kept the Continentals off the scoreboard by picking a runner off first base and inducing a ground ball with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Alex Kelly ’14 and Jason Lock ’17 both collected three of Middlebury’s 17 hits and Kelly scored three runs. Joe Macdonald ’16 drove in three runs and hit his second homer in as many days.

Kelly singled in Garrett Werner ’16 in the second for Middlebury’s first run and came around to score on a wild pitch. Werner scored on another wild pitch in the third and Matt Leach ’15 highlighted the Panthers’ four-run fourth with a two-run single up the middle. Macdonald drove in a run with an infield grounder and Werner walked with the bases loaded.

The Panthers went up 8-0 on Macdonald’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly and closed out their scoring with two runs in the seventh, including Macdonald’s solo home run to left field.

Hamilton got on the board in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Kenny Collins ’17. Joe Jensen ’15 singled to left center with one out and moved to second on an infield grounder before he came around to score. Tim Burke ’16 singled with runners on second and third in the eighth, with Brett Mele ’17 and Brian Ferrell ’16 scoring on the play.

Hamilton is scheduled to face SUNY Canton on Tuesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. for a non-conference game at DeLutis Field in Rome. The Panthers play at Norwich University on Wednesday, April 16.

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