Walk-off win leads to baseball split against Union
The Hamilton College Continentals rallied for a 7-6 win against the Union College Dutchmen with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh and earned a split of Sunday’s non-conference doubleheader in Auburndale, Fla.
The Dutchmen (2-1 overall) won game one, 4-1. The Continentals return to action on Monday, March 24, with a non-conference doubleheader against Bard College that gets underway at 9 a.m. The games were originally scheduled for Tuesday morning before they were moved up because of anticipated weather issues.
Steve LaRochelle ’14 started Hamilton’s rally, fighting back from an 0-2 count to draw a one-out walk with the Continentals down 6-5. LaRochelle stole second and took third on a passed ball. After Ryan Wolfsberg ’17 walked and stole second to put runners on second and third, a wild pitch brought LaRochelle home with the tying run. Andrew Haser ’17 followed with a single to left field that plated Wolfsberg with the winning run.
Haser finished with three of Hamilton’s nine hits, adding singles in the second and sixth innings. In the sixth he came around to score on an infield error after moving to second on a single by Zack Becker ‘16.
The Continentals (5-4) scored three times in their first at-bat. Joe Jensen ’15, who led off with a single, scored on an error. Chris Collins ’17 singled up the middle and came home when the Dutchmen threw the ball away on an infield single by Chris' brother Kenny Collins ’17. LaRochelle drove in the third run with a ground ball.
Tommy Moriarty ’14 earned the win with a perfect seventh inning. Starter Cole Dreyfuss ’16 allowed three earned runs over six innings, striking out five batters.
Tim Burke '16 led off the third with a double to right center and scored two batters later on a ground ball by Mike Chiseri ‘16. Chris Collins went 2-for-3 and Brett Mele ’17 drove in a pair of runs.
In the opener, Hamilton loaded the bases with two outs and scored once before the Dutchmen ended the game with a strikeout. Mele walked with one out and Becker followed with a single to right. After a fly out to right field, Chris Collins beat out a ground ball to short and Kenny Collins followed with an infield single that scored Mele. Kenny Collins singled twice for two of Hamilton’s seven hits.