Baseball uses season-high 23 hits to roll over Utica
Gideon Clark '09 went 3-for-4 with three RBI and earned Most Valuable Player honors as Hamilton College won the 22nd Annual Jackie Robinson Game, 19-5, against visiting Utica College at Royce Field on April 14.
Utica (2-14 overall) still leads the all-time series 12-10 in the annual event. Hamilton (11-10) has won three of the last four meetings.
Hamilton amassed a season-high in runs and hits (23) in the win. The Continentals haven't scored as many as 19 runs in a game since March 21, 2005, when they defeated Macalester College 23-9. Clark also handled eight chances at second base without an error in his MVP performance.
Alex Augustyn '10 went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs. Augustyn hit a double for the fourth consecutive game and is batting .423 this season. Wes Mayberry '11 went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Mayberry also boomed a double and is tied with Augustyn for the team lead with eight this season. Justin Atwood '11 went 3-for-5 with a double, scored three runs and drove in another.
Max Foster '10 started on the mound and improved to 4-0 as he allowed three earned runs through four innings. Foster fanned five of the 15 batters he faced.
Hamilton led 2-1 after the first inning but trailed 3-2 after a Pioneer two-run homer in the top of the third. The Continentals responded with six runs in the bottom half of the inning, which was highlighted by a two-out double by Pat Gennaco '11 that scored Ryan Calabrese '09 and Augustyn.
Calabrese and Clark drove in one run apiece in the fourth inning for a 10-3 lead. Hamilton blew the game open in the fifth with four runs, including two that were driven in by Atwood's fifth double of the year. Utica tallied a run in the sixth and seventh innings before Hamilton sent five runs home in the eighth with two out.
Donovan Flint '11, Zak Cohen '09 and Nzaba Fonseca-Sabune '12 all pitched in relief for the Continentals. The trio combined to allow just one hit in the final five innings.
Hamilton hosts Williams College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division weekend series. The teams will play a single game on Friday, April 17, and a doubleheader on April 18.