Eight-Run Seventh Leads Jeffs to 11-2 Win at Brandeis

Courtesy of Brandeis University

WALTHAM, MA – The visiting Amherst College baseball team sent 15 men to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring eight runs on seven hits in the frame en route to an 11-2 victory over host Brandeis University on Stein Diamond today. The Judges fall to 9-19 with the loss, while Amherst improves to 14-9 with its third consecutive win.

Brandeis got a terrific starting performance from first-year Dylan Britton. Over the first six innings, Britton allowed just three hits and one run, striking out two and walking one. He retired the side in order twice and faced just three hitters in another frame thanks to a double play.

The Judges opened the scoring in the fourth inning. Senior James Likis crushed an offering from Amherst sophomore lefty Dylan Joyce (South Orange, NJ) over the left field fence to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, rookie catcher Chris Ferro doubled to right, and junior Eric Rosenberg knocked a 1-2 pitch into left field for a two-out RBI and a 2-0 Brandeis edge.

The Lord Jeffs got one back against Britton in the top of the fifth. Senior co-captain Will Lawton (Newton, MA) reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, moving to third on an Alex Coburn '11 (Brookline, MA) single and scoring on a wild pitch.

Britton opened the seventh inning by hitting a batter, and Brandeis head coach Pete Varney called on his bullpen. Unfortunately, this opened up the floodgates for Amherst. Against four different relievers, the Lord Jeffs had seven hits with two walks and two hit batters mixed in. Amherst had three doubles in the frame, including a two-run job to left-center by Coburn that proved to be the game-winning runs. Sophomore Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, NY) and junior Scott Shaffer (Boulder, CO) also had run-producing two-baggers.

Amherst added two more runs in the eighth on two more RBI-doubles, one by rookie third baseman Nolan Stewart (New Canaan, CT) and another by sophomore pinch hitter Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN).

Four players had multiple hits in the game. Sophomore Sean O'Hare went 2-for-3 for Brandeis, while Stewart, Shaffer and Coburn each had two hits for the visitors.

Five different Amherst pitchers—four of whom threw two innings—combined to hold the Judges to just five hits. Junior Ryan Healy (Westport, CT) earned the win with two hitless frames, walking just one to improve to to 4-3 in the process. Brandeis sophomore Alex Tynan suffered the loss, going to 1-1.

With a bunt single in the seventh inning, Lawton picked up the 100th hit of his career. 

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Apr. 24, when they host Trinity College in an interdivisional NESCAC twinbill. Live statistics will be available, with the first game beginning at noon.