CLINTON, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College was edged 5-3 by Hamilton College Thursday afternoon in non-conference baseball action at Loop Road Complex.
After SVC scored a run in the sixth and once more in the eighth to tie it at 3-3, the Continentals came right back and crossed the dish twice in the home half of the eighth to go back on top. Southern Vermont was able to get runners to second and third in the ninth, but neither Mountaineer could come home as the hosts closed out the victory.
Next up for SVC (0-4-1), the Mountaineers take flight for their spring break trip to Fort Myers, Fla. The team's first of six games in the Sunshine State is at 3 p.m. on Monday against Edgewood College.
Southern Vermont senior first baseman Ryan Serrato (Whittier, Calif.) went 2-5 at the dish with a solo home run and a second run scored while junior third baseman Kyle Liddy (Oriskany, N.Y.) was 2-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Sophomore shortstop Nick Guajardo (Mansfield, Texas) was also 2-5, and he knocked in a run in the effort.
The Mountaineers used four arms on the hill with junior righty Nick Gambardella (Hollywood, Fla.) getting tagged with the loss (0-1) after giving up the go-ahead run during his 3.2 innings of relief. He racked up a career-high five strikeouts in his appearance.
Hamilton went ahead in the bottom of the second with a run-scoring triple, and the Continentals added another solo score in the third with a double. Guajardo batted in SVC's first run of the day to get his team within one—bringing Liddy around on a single to left in the top of the fourth.
HC pushed the difference back to two in the fifth with an RBI-single to left, but the Mountaineers got it right back in the top of the sixth when Serrato launched his second homer of the year to right. SVC then tied it up in the eighth after Serrato led off with a double to left—being knocked around with an ensuing Liddy single up the middle.
The tie wouldn't last long, however, as Hamilton loaded the bases with two down and had a clutch single to center plate a pair. A throwing error by the HC pitcher put Mountaineers at second and third with two outs in the ninth, but a final strikeout left them both stranded in scoring position.
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