Baseball drops home opener to Skidmore

Hamilton College jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the Continentals eventually dropped a non-conference game, 20-9, against visiting Skidmore College at Royce Field on March 29.

Hamilton (8-7 overall) was playing its first game since the Continentals returned to central New York on Saturday from their spring break trip to Florida. Skidmore improved its record to 7-9 overall.

Wes Mayberry '11 doubled and homered twice for Hamilton as he pushed his hitting streak to nine games. Mayberry scored three runs and drove in four. Sam Choate '12 and Joe Buicko '11 added two hits apiece.

Mayberry's run-scoring double and a two-run shot to right off the bat of Justin Atwood '11 gave the Continentals a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Andrew Perkowski '10 made it 4-0 with a solo homer to right in the second.

Skidmore roared back with seven runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. After Hamilton responded with a run in its half of the third on a Mayberry solo homer, the Thoroughbreds exploded for five more in the fourth inning for a 12-5 advantage. Skidmore scored at least one run in each of the last seven innings. Mayberry added a two-run bomb in the fifth that pulled Hamilton within 13-7.

Hamilton starter Jake Saidman '09 pitched into the fourth inning and was saddled with his first loss in four decisions.

Hamilton hosts Amherst College on Friday, April 3, in the Continentals' New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division opener.

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