Baseball swept by SUNY Brockport
Justin Atwood '11 knocked out a pair of solo home runs but Hamilton College dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader against visiting SUNY Brockport at Royce Field on April 19.
Brockport (16-16 overall) won the first game 16-4 in six innings and handed the hosts a 10-3 setback in the nightcap. Hamilton (11-16) travels to Middlebury College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division game on Friday, April 24.
Hamilton let Game 1 slip away early as Brockport scored 12 runs in the first three innings. The closest Hamilton got in the opener was 8-3 after a three-run second inning. Atwood homered deep over the left field net to lead off the inning. Gideon Clark '09 singled and advanced to third on a double by Joe Buicko '11 – his fifth of the year. Max Currier '10 singled up the middle to score Clark and Buicko.
The Continentals managed just one more run, and Brockport scored four in the final two innings. Clark started on the mound in his first career pitching appearance for Hamilton and took the loss as he allowed eight earned runs in two innings. Dan Kroening '11 and Nzaba Fonseca-Sabune '12 pitched the final four innings in relief.
In Game 2, Hamilton trailed just 3-2 after the first inning, but Brockport put together a decisive six-run rally in the second. Wes Mayberry '11 homered to left center with one on in the first inning to extend his hit streak to seven games. The only other run for the Continentals came in the form of Atwood's solo homer to left to lead off the third.
Brockport led 9-3 after three innings and added one run in the fifth as the game was relatively quiet during the final four innings. Sam Choate '12 finished with two singles for Hamilton.
Donovan Flint '11 took the loss on the mound for the hosts. Flint allowed nine earned runs through 4.2 innings and fanned five batters. Michael Caruso '12 was solid in relief. Caruso didn't allow a hit in his 2.1 innings of action. He walked three and struck out one.