Amherst Splits with Wesleyan; Jeffs Get Off to 1-1 Start in NESCAC West

Courtesy of Wesleyan University Sports Information 

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College baseball team kicked off its conference schedule by splitting a doubleheader with Wesleyan University to move to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the NESCAC West. The Lord Jeffs and Cardinals will wrap up their season series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Amherst's Memorial Field.

Trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth of game one, Wesleyan scored five runs to take the lead and senior Louis Gabel, who started the game in center field, came in to pitch the final inning, retiring the meat of the Amherst lineup in order to pick up his third save of the year. 

First-year Joe Giaimo hit an RBI single to cap the sixth-inning rally for the Cardinals, driving in junior Drew Dominguez, who had whacked an RBI triple. Earlier in the frame, first-year Julian Sonnenfeld had a key two-run single to make it a 4-3 game while senior Graham Douds had driven in the first run of the inning with a single, plating senior Chris Simpson, who led off with a triple. 

Amherst had taken the lead in the fourth when two Wesleyan errors surrounding a single by junior Mike Neff (New York, NY) brought in a run.  Amherst added three runs in the fifth inning, two of which were unearned. Still, junior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) and Neff both had RBIs in the frame while another run scored as Wesleyan was getting the second out of the inning on a rundown between first and second.

Reigning NESCAC Pitcher of the Week Jeff Keenan, who got the final out in game one but not before Wesleyan rallied for the win, threw seven solid innings on the mound for Amherst to pick up the win in game two. The first-year right-hander allowed only three hits and one earned run with one walk and four strikeouts in holding the Cardinals to two runs in total. Those both came in the first inning on a junior Drew Dominguez triple, a sacrifice fly by sophomore Brice Kelly and a senior Louis Gabel single for an unearned run with two Amherst errors in the frame. 

Amherst had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first without a hit, taking advantage of three walks, a hit batter and an error. Amherst took the lead for good in the second inning, scoring a run on a wild pitch.  The Lord Jeffs added insurance in the fifth on doubles by senior co-captain Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, IN) and junior Angus Schaller (Leucadia, CA) and a rundown play on the bases during which Schaller scored.  Amherst added single unearned runs in the eighth and ninth for the final margin.