WINTER HAVEN, FL - The Amherst College baseball team opened its 2010 season with a 12-8 win over Framingham State College on day one of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Lord Jeffs allowed four runs in the top of the first inning but stormed back to carry a 12-5 lead into the ninth, marking Amherst's first season-opening victory since 2005.
Defense proved to be the difference maker in the game, with junior Bryce Einhorn (Scarsdale, NY) and first-year Nolan Stewart (New Canaan, CT) providing strong defensive play in the infield. While Amherst committed only one fielding error on the day, five Framingham miscues led to seven unearned runs for the Lord Jeffs. Scott Shaffer '11 (Boulder, CO), Kevin Heller '12 (Brooklyn, NY) and Thomas Wheeler '12 (Minnetonka, MN) each had two hits for Amherst. The Jeffs scored five runs in the fourth inning before adding three in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Senior co-captain Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) started the game on the mound for Amherst, but it was sophomore Hayden Metz (Ridgefield, CT) who picked up the win by allowing only one hit in 3.0 innings of work. After Metz pitched the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, senior John D'Angelo (Woodbridge, CT) threw a scoreless eighth. Junior Pat Harris (Rochester, NY) entered the game in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs, but he was able to close out the game to secure the win for Amherst.
Amherst will play two against Roger Williams University (1-0) Sunday afternoon, with the first game beginning at 1:30 p.m.