Baseball Earns Split At Hamilton - Takes Series

April 24, 2010

Hamilton and Middlebury combined to slug 13 home runs as the teams split a NESCAC West Division doubleheader at Hamilton's Royce Field on April 24. The Panthers take the series 2-1 as they enter their final week of play.

Hamilton (8-22 overall, 1-11 NESCAC West) scored the first nine runs in the seven-inning opener and cruised to an 11-7 win. Middlebury (8-13, 4-5) exploded for 20 runs on 24 hits in a 20-8 rout in the nine-inning nightcap. The Panthers won two out of three games in the weekend series, as Middlebury breezed to a 13-1 victory at Hamilton on Friday.

Max Foster worked around seven walks to pick up the win for the Continentals in the first game. Foster (2-3) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings. Sam Choate blasted a pair of two-run homers, Grady Vigneau hammered a grand slam and Alex Augustyn singled, homered and drove in two runs.

Nick Angstman (2-2) allowed all 11 runs on nine hits, walked three and fanned four in five-plus innings for the Panthers. Peter Baumann hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning and finished with three hits and five RBI. Donald McKillop singled and hit his 10th double.

Hamilton broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the third. Max Currier led off with a double and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Buicko. Augustyn singled down the left field line to drive in Currier. Wes Mayberry followed with a double and Kevin Prindle walked to load the bases for Vigneau, who took an Angstman pitch over the fence in right field. Dan Peters doubled to right center and one out later, Choate lofted a homer to left for a 7-0 lead.

In the second game, Zach Roeder doubled, homered twice and plated six runs to lead Middlebury. Joseph Conway went 4-4 with four runs scored and three RBI as Conway doubled and homered. Murphy McCurdy went 4-4 with four runs out of the No. 9 spot in the order. McKillop had three hits and drove in three runs. Michael Morris homered, singled twice and drove in two runs. Danny Seymour finished with three hits and Erich Enns homered and plated three runs.

John Wiet (1-3) allowed six runs on 10 hits, walked two and struck out two in six innings to earn the win. Michael Joseph struck out the side in the ninth.

Jeremy Brenner hit his first career double and ended up with three hits and three RBI for the Continentals. Augustyn homered twice and drove in three. Eli McCargar picked up the loss as he allowed seven runs on eight hits and walked four in 2 2/3 innings.

The Panthers held a slim 1-0 lead after two innings, but pounded out six runs on five hits in the top of the third. Walks to Seymour and McKillop set the stage for a three-run homer by Enns. Conway walked and eventually scored on Morris' infield single. McCurdy singled to right field and Will Baine drove in Morris and McCurdy with a double to right for a 7-0 advantage. Hamilton never got closer than six runs the rest of the way.

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