LAKELAND, FL – The Amherst College baseball team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 5-2 come-from-behind win over Worcester State College Monday morning at Henley Field in Lakeland, FL. The Lord Jeffs return to action Tuesday when they take on Clarkson University at 3 p.m. on Lake Myrtle Field in Auburndale, FL.
Sophomore Ryan Healy (Westport, CT) allowed only four hits and one earned run while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work, but it wasn't enough to earn his first win of the season as the Jeffs could not take the lead until the seventh frame. Junior Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) pitched three innings of outstanding relief to earn the win, striking out two while allowing only two hits.
Senior Nat Pedley (Rye, NY) and sophomores Brian Merrigan (Holbrook, MA) and Max Einhorn (Scarsdale, NY) led the Amherst offense with two hits apiece. Senior co-captain Angus Schaller (Leucadia, CA) went 1-for-4 with an RBI-double and a run scored, with sophomores Scott Shaffer (Boulder, CO) and Jose Espinosa (Ridgefield, CT) each picking up an RBI.
Each of the two batters Healy walked in the first inning came around to score, as Worcester State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. The Amherst sophomore went into shut-down mode after the opening frame to retire 12 of the next 13 hitters he faced, allowing the Jeffs to pull off the comeback.
Amherst's first run came in the sixth inning when Merrigan and junior Will Lawton (Newton, MA) each singled up the middle, with Lawton's hit sending Merrigan to third base. Shaffer followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Jeffs on the board.
The seventh inning brought Amherst four more runs, two of which were earned. After Einhorn led off with a single through the left side of the infield, Schaller belted a double to right to bring in first-year pinch runner Ryan Ford (Goldsboro, NC). Pedley followed by reaching on a bunt single that sent Schaller to third, allowing Espinosa to bring home Schaller on a bunt of his own. Pedley and Merrigan each scored on an error to give Amherst a 5-2 lead, which is all Blank would need to finish the job on the mound.