Jeffs Fall to Westfield State, 24-5

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College baseball team suffered a 24-5 loss to Westfield State this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs had 10 hits in the game but could not slow down an impressive Westfield lineup that combined for 22 hits. Amherst falls to 6-5 on the season, while Westfield State improves to 8-3. 

Amherst held a 2-0 lead after three innings, but the visitors scored four runs in the top of the fourth before crossing the plate 10 times in the fifth. The Owls added five runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the eighth, taking advantage of seven Amherst errors along the way. 

Westfield State increased its overall winning streak to five games. Three pitchers combined to allow five earned runs on 10 hits and six walks, with the Owl defense playing nine innings of error-free baseball. 

Eight players recorded at least two RBIs for the visitors, with seven players picking up at least two hits and 11 players scoring at least one run. Shortstop Ben Wagner highlighted the outstanding performances by going 4-for-7 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs, while designated hitter Kevin Lyons and left fielder Jeff Ackerman each had three hits. Lyons was 3-for-5 with five runs scored and two RBIs. 

For Amherst, only first-year Dan Pillitteri (Ramsey, NJ)—who entered the game in the sixth inning—had multiple hits, scoring the Jeffs' final run in the ninth inning. Sophomore Mike Samela (Westport, CT) went 1-for-4 with a solo homer to right center in the second inning for his second long ball of the season. In his first collegiate at-bat, Justin Ramos '13 (Queens, NY) had an RBI-single during a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning. 

Bret Siflinger allowed two earned runs on two hits in the first three innings but did not factor into the decision. Tymon Muska picked up his first win of the season by pitching 2.0 innings of effective relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Muska took the mound with a 4-2 lead and retired five of the first six batters he faced, with the Owls holding on to a 14-2 lead when he was replaced in the bottom of the sixth. 

Jared Shields pitched well in the final 4.0 innings for Westfield State despite entering the game with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth. The first batter he faced was Samela, who grounded into a double play that quickly handed momentum back to Westfield State. Shields walked three and struck out one, allowing only one earned run on six hits. 

Jeff Keenan '11 (West Hartford, CT) dropped to 0-2 for Amherst, as he was responsible for 10 runs—six earned—in four-plus innings. David Fredlund '12 (Thomaston, CT) and Adam Medoff '13 (San Francisco, CA) combined to allow 14 runs—six earned—on 10 hits and six walks in 4.0 innings. Senior co-captain Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning.  

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Mar. 26, when they open the NESCAC West schedule with a 3:30 p.m. game against Wesleyan University at Memorial Field. The Owls will host Springfield College Thursday, Mar. 25, at 3:30 p.m.

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