Baseball finishes season with doubleheader sweep

Alex Augustyn '10
Alex Augustyn '10
Hamilton College swept a non-conference doubleheader from Vassar College at Vassar’s Prentiss Field on May 1.
The Continentals (10-23 overall) wrapped up their season with a come-from-behind 14-8 win in the first game, and a 7-3 victory in the second. Alex Augustyn ‘10 finished his Hamilton career with a 12-game hit streak. Augustyn also hit a double in Game 2 to set a school record for most in a career with 30. Wes Mayberry ‘11 finished the doubleheader with seven hits.
In Game 1, the Continentals pounded out 17 hits, paced by Mayberry's 5-for-5 performance with a home run and a double. Mayberry's five hits is a career best at Hamilton, and he added two RBI and two runs scored.

Augustyn went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Kevin Prindle ’13 hit a double and a single and drove in three runs. Sam Choate ‘12 recorded a home run, a triple and drove in three runs.
Justin Atwood ‘11 started on the mound in the first game. Atwood pitched two innings, allowed five earned runs on four hits, struck out one and walked two. Stephen Wright ‘12 and Nzaba Fonseca-Sabune ‘12 made appearances in relief. John Wulf ’12 pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and struck out one.

Eli McCargar ‘10 shut out the Brewers over the final 2.1 innings and earned the win. McCargar (2-2) allowed just one hit with one strikeout.
The teams traded the lead seven times in the opener, but a seven-run sixth put Hamilton in front for good. The Continentals struck first as Choate tripled in the second inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Brenner ‘10. The Brewers (8-25) responded with five two-out runs in the bottom of the inning for a 5-1 lead.
Hamilton answered quickly, scoring five in the top of the third. Augustyn and Mayberry hit consecutive one-out singles and both scored on a double by Prindle. Grady Vigneau ‘10 followed with a single, and a three-run Choate homer over the right field fence gave the Continentals the lead, 6-5. The Brewers tied the score in the bottom of the inning, as they led off with a double and later scored on consecutive ground outs.
The Continentals broke the tie in the top of the fourth on a Mayberry solo home run. Vassar took advantage of Hamilton miscues in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead. One of the Brewers was hit by a pitch, and scored on a throwing error that allowed another player to reach and advance to third. He later scored on a wild pitch.
Down 8-7, Hamilton broke the game open in the sixth with seven runs on six hits, as 12 batters came to the plate. Augustyn had two singles and two RBI in the inning, while Mayberry had a single and an RBI double. Prindle and Brenner added RBI singles as the Continentals took a 14-8 lead, and the Brewers managed just one hit in the final two innings.
Dan Kroening ‘11 started Game 2 for the Continentals, and pitched 4.2 innings to earn the win. Kroening (2-1) allowed just one earned run on five hits, walked six and fanned two. Wright pitched 1.1 innings of relief, and allowed two runs on four hits in his second appearance of the day. Augustyn closed out the game with one scoreless inning as he retired the side in order.
Mayberry went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Choate was 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs to lead Hamilton. Vigneau and Augustyn hit one double apiece. The Continentals recorded eight hits in the second game.
The Brewers struggled defensively in the second game as they committed six errors. Hamilton scored a run in the second as Choate led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Max Foster ‘10. The Brewers answered in the bottom of the inning with a double and a single that scored a run.
Hamilton added two more in the third. Augustyn led off with a double and scored when a bunt attempt by Mayberry was mishandled, allowing him to reach second. Mayberry later scored on a double down the line by Vigneau.

In the fifth, the Continentals gave themselves a six-run cushion with four runs. Choate had the big hit with a bases-clearing three-run double, and later scored on an RBI single by Andrew Perkowski ‘10. Choate finished the afternoon with six RBI. The Brewers scored two runs in the sixth, but didn't get any closer.
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