Amherst Splits NESCAC West Double-Header with Hamilton

Hamilton College release


Jim Taylor Amherst College and host Hamilton College split a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division baseball doubleheader at Royce Field on April 5.

In the seven-inning opener, Hamilton (9-8 overall, 1-1 NESCAC West) rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory. In the nine-inning nightcap, Amherst (9-8, 2-3) broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the eighth and went on to a 7-5 win.

The Continentals took Game 1 in dramatic fashion. Justin Atwood led off the inning with a hard ground ball that bounced off the third baseman and Atwood ended up with a single. After the next batter struck out, Alex Augustyn singled up the middle. Gideon Clark followed with a single to right center to drive in Atwood with the first run. Matt Mancini walked to load the bases and that was the end for starting pitcher Ryan Healy (Westport, CT), who was relieved by Max McKenna (Lexington, MA).

Pat Gennaco plated Clark and Augustyn with a single to center to make the score 4-3. Gennaco and pinch-runner Jeremy Brenner '10 moved up to second and third base on a wild pitch, and Sam Choate drove them both in with a double over the center fielder's head to end it.

Augustyn and Gennaco finished the game with two hits apiece, and Augustyn whacked his fourth double. Max Foster improved his record to 2-0 with a complete game seven-hitter. Foster walked two and struck out four.

Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, NY) and Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) led the Lord Jeffs' offense with two hits apiece. Heller and Alex Coburn (Brookline, MA) hammered solo home runs, while Powers and Will Lawton (Newton, MA) hit doubles. Healy was masterful through the first six innings. He finished with 10 strikeouts and just two walks, and allowed four runs on six hits in six-plus innings. McKenna allowed two hits and one run and took the loss.

In Game 2, Heller led off the top of the eighth with a single, stole second and advanced to third base on a throwing error by the catcher. Powers walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN) followed with a pinch-hit single to left field to score Heller and give Amherst a 5-4 lead. The second run of the inning scored on a delayed steal when Wheeler drew a throw to second base from pitcher Michael Caruso that sailed into center field as Powers trotted home.

Heller went 3-for-5 in the nightcap and Angus Schaller (Leucadia, CA) hit his seventh double. Pat Harris (Rochester, NY) earned his second win with 4.2 innings of effective relief. Harris allowed just one run on three hits, walked none and fanned five.

Choate led the Continentals' offense with three hits, including a three-run homer in Hamilton's four-run fifth inning. Wes Mayberry and Mancini collected two hits apiece, and Mayberry laced his seventh double. Starting pitcher Jake Saidman didn't get a decision, but he allowed just three hits and one earned run in seven innings. Saidman walked three and struck out two.