Baseball trades shutouts with Union in Florida

Alex Pachella '15
Alex Pachella '15

Alex Pachella ’15 threw a seven-inning shutout to salvage a split for Hamilton College in a non-conference doubleheader against Union College in Auburndale, Fla., on March 20.

Union (3-2 overall) won the first game 13-0. Hamilton (3-9) takes on Trinity College for another non-conference doubleheader in Auburndale on Wednesday, March 21.

Pachella earned the second victory of his Hamilton career in as many starts. He scattered six hits, didn’t allow a walk and fanned four batters. Ben Goffin ’15 powered the Continentals’ offense with a two out, two-run single in the top of the sixth inning. Lukas Bridenbeck ’13 singled, Sam Choate ’12 scored a run and Gabe Klein ’13 walked and scored a run.

Union starter Dan Friedman pitched six innings and surrendered just two hits. Friedman walked three batters and struck out six. Tyler Heck smashed a triple, and Matt Barretto had two hits for the Dutchmen.

Klein led off the top of the sixth inning with a walk and stole second on the first pitch to Choate. Friedman then sailed the throw to first following Choate’s sacrifice bunt to give the Continentals runners on first and third with no outs. After a pair of infield pop-ups, Goffin lined a 2-1 pitch into center field for the first runs of the game.

Union threatened to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on first and second. But Pachella struck out the final batter to seal the victory.

Hamilton had a good chance to score in the top of the third inning when John Wulf ’12 worked a one-out walk and advanced to third base on a pair of wild pitches. But Friedman induced a ground ball to escape the jam.

The Continentals had another opportunity in the top of the fourth inning. Sam Fuentes ’13 led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball to the second baseman. With one out, Friedman again escaped trouble with a strikeout and a ground ball to second base to end the inning.

The Dutchmen had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Dan Minnes advanced to third base with two outs. But Pachella got John Moore to pop up to the shortstop to keep the game scoreless.

In Game 1, Seth Roberts pitched a three-hit shutout for Union. Roberts did not walk a batter and fanned two. Heck smacked a two-run homer to left field in the top of the first inning to give the Dutchmen an early lead. Joe Bradlee singled, doubled and drove in a run. Nate Foster had two hits, drove in a run and scored one. Dom Calistro added a double, and Andy Katz-Wicks and Anders Goetz each scored two runs.

Klein, Glenn de Marrais ’15 and Joe Jensen ’15 all singled for Hamilton. Starting pitcher JJay Lane ’15 worked 4.2 innings in the loss, striking out five batters and walking five.

Union batted around during a four-run fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Calistro led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Sam Caruso one batter later. Goetz followed with an RBI single, and after a strikeout and a walk, David Peretti capped the inning with a two-run single.

Hamilton had only one runner advance past first base. After getting the leadoff runner on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the Continentals hit into double plays all three times. The Dutchmen scored a run in the top of the fifth, and added six in the top of the seventh to close the scoring.

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