Amherst Splits Doubleheader with No. 6 Trinity

Courtesy of Trinity College Sports Information

Hartford, CT – The Amherst College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with No. 6 Trinity College on Saturday afternoon to move to 15-10 on the season. The hosts earned an 8-0 win in the first game before the Lord Jeffs came back to win the nightcap, 3-0. 

The Lord Jeffs will play a pair of mid-week non-conference games before taking on NESCAC West rivals Hamilton and Williams this weekend. Amherst will next host Brandeis University on Monday, Apr. 27 at 4 p.m.

Junior pitcher Jeremiah Bayer needed just 65 pitches to throw a seven-inning no-hitter, leading the Bantams to an 8-0 win over Amherst in the day's first game. Trinity, ranked No. 6 in the latest national poll, is 22-4 overall and 12-0 in the NESCAC East.

The Amherst pitching staff completed a remarkable feat of its own in game two, allowing no runs to the Trinity offense, the first time a team has shut Trinity out since Apr. 30, 2006 (2-0 loss to Brandeis), snapping a span of 112 straight games with at least one run.

In game one, Amherst managed just three baserunners against Bayer, with sophomore Brian Merrigan (Holbrook, MA) walking and senior Mike Neff (New York, NY) reaching twice on an error. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore Alex Coburn (Brookline, MA) made a bid to break up the no-hitter with a long fly ball to center field, but junior Matt Sullivan was there to make the catch as the team rushed to the mound to congratulate the pitcher on the 14th no-hitter in Trinity baseball history.

The Bantam offense got all it needed in the first inning after senior Sean Killeen drove home junior Jack Abbott for the first run of the game, with one of his three doubles in his four-hit game. Trinity would add two more in the second and one apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to go up 5-0, before tacking on three more in the final frame to jump on top, 8-0, the eventual final score, as Bayer would pitch a perfect seventh to complete the no-hitter.

Sophomore pitcher Ryan Healy (Westport, CT) started the second game for the Lord Jeffs, throwing 4.1 innings of shutout baseball before running into some trouble in the fifth, after having escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.  Sophomore Pat Harris (Rochester, NY) took over and earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief in the nine-inning game. Sophomore Max McKenna (Lexington, MA) earned his second save of the season with 3.2 innings of work to cap the 3-0 shutout for the Lord Jeffs.

First-year pitcher James Ramsey takes a tough loss, allowing just four hits in six innings for the Bantams, and sophomore pitcher Conor O'Sullivan-Pierce was dominant in three innings of work, allowing just one hit, but the Bantam bats were stagnant, stranding 11 runners on base in the game.

Amherst senior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) scored a run and knocked in two to lead the Lord Jeff offense, and Abbott collected four of his five hits on the afternoon in the second game.