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The Hamilton College Continentals split a non-conference doubleheader with the Alfred State University Pioneers in Winter Haven, Fla., on Thursday afternoon.

Hamilton (3-2 overall) rallied for an 8-7 win in the opener before the Continentals dropped game two, 5-2.

A two-out, two-run single by Zack Becker ’16 sparked Hamilton’s four-run fifth inning as the Continentals came back from deficits of 2-0 and 6-4. David Rose '16 started the comeback with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that brought home Kenny Collins ‘17, who had drawn a leadoff walk. One batter later Andy Haser ’17 reached on an infield throwing error, bringing home the tying run. Becker’s hit scored Chris Collins ’17 and Brett Mele ’17.

Finlay O’Hara ’17 earned his second save in as many opportunities, retiring five of the six batters he faced. He entered the game in the top of the sixth with runners on first and third and no outs. The first batter he faced, Anthony Gonzalez, brought home a run with a fly ball to right field, but Hamilton picked up another out by throwing out Nick Smith trying to advance to second. O’Hara induced fly balls by the next four batters to seal the win.

Rose also doubled home a pair of runs to highlight the Continentals’ four-run third. Joe Jensen ’15, Ryan Wolfsberg ‘17 and Kenny Collins each had two of Hamilton’s 10 hits. Wolfsberg, Mele and Kenny Collins scored two runs each. Jensen stole his fourth base of the spring and raised his career total to 35 (four short of the program’s all-time record).

Andrew Jaffoni ’15 earned the win in relief of Ryan Crawford ’15, who struck out six Pioneers in four innings.

In the nightcap, Jensen scored the Continentals’ first run and drove in their second. He scored on a ground ball by Wolfsberg in the first inning and beat out an infield single to bring in Rose, who had tripled, in the second.

Hamilton’s next action will be a doubleheader against Calvin College in Auburndale that starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.

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