Hamilton rallies in 8th to win see-saw affair with Saints baseball 10-7
Gabe Klein hit a two-out, two-run double to highlight a three-run eighth inning by Hamilton College and Andrew Jaffoni pitched two innings of scoreless relief as the Continentals turned back St. Lawrence 10-7 in a non-league baseball game at Tom Fay Field Tuesday afternoon.
Hamilton improves to 13-18 on the season while the Saints dropped their fifth straight and are now 13-13 on the year.The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when shortstop Chris Fernandez singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Mark Syron's sacrifice fly, but Hamilton came back to take a 2-1 lead off Saint starter Frank Grady in the top of the fourth as Steve LaRochelle delivered a run-scoring single and Jared Friedberg hit a double to bring home the second run.
SLU came right back with three in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-2 lead with Paul Piatelli hitting a run-scoring single with two other runs scoring on an error and Fernandez' sacrifice fly. The see-saw swung the other way in the top of the fifth as Hamilton scored four to take a 6-4 lead. Colin Henneberger stroked a two-run single, a run scored on an error and another on a fielder's choice. The Saints bounced right back in the bottom of the same inning to tie it at 6-6 as Jeff Kott singled in a pair of runs with two out, and SLU took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the seventh as Bryan Palmero singled with one out and went to third on Carter Franz' double to right center. Khifer O'Connor then delivered a sacrifice fly to produce the run.
Hamilton's winning rally started with a walk to Jared Friedberg and with two out, Joe Jensen greeted Saint reliever Andrew Weitzel with a single up the middle to drive in Friedberg. A walk then set up Klein's double to make it a 9-7 game. The Continentals tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Zack Becker hit a leadoff double, was sacrificed to third and scored on Friedberg's single.
Jaffoni got four fly-ball outs in two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the save with Mike Williams earning the win with three innings of work out of the bullpen. Tommy Moriarty started and allowed two earned runs in four innings for Hamilton. Frank Grady, Ben Jenkins, Mike Dell'Olio, Weitzel and Eric McGuire pitched for the Saints with Weitzel taking his first loss.