Baseball splits two games with Franklin & Marshall
Hamilton College split a non-conference doubleheader with Franklin & Marshall College at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., on March 17.
Hamilton (1-3 overall) won the second game 6-2 behind a great collegiate pitching debut by Alex Zeig '14. Franklin & Marshall cruised to an 18-1 victory in the opener.
Zeig carried the Continentals to their first win in 2011 with a complete-game effort. He allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out five. At the plate, Sam Choate '12 had two hits and scored two runs, and Lukas Bridenbeck '13 doubled and scored.
F&M tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the third inning, and it remained that way until Hamilton posted a four-run seventh thanks to four Diplomat errors. Pat Gennaco '11 led off with a single to center field and went to second on a throwing error by the catcher. Todd Haylon '12 walked and John Wulf '12 bunted to move the runners. An error on the second baseman allowed Wulf to reach base and move to second, and Gennaco scored to break the tie.
Choate was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and then Wes Mayberry '11 was plunked, which forced in Haylon. Gabe Klein '14 drove in Wulf with a sacrifice fly. Kevin Prindle '13 reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. On the same play, Choate scored the final run of the inning on another error by the second baseman. Zeig allowed just a walk in the bottom of the inning to clinch the win.
F&M scored five runs in the top of the first and four more in the second en route to the win in Game 1. Choate doubled and scored, Prindle hit a double and Mayberry drove in the lone run for the Continentals. Colin Henneberger '14 threw the first 1.1 innings and took the loss.