Jeffs Split Doubleheader with Endicott to Move to 5-3

WINTER HAVEN, FL – The Amherst College baseball team suffered an 8-1 loss to Endicott College Friday Morning but rebounded with a 12-2 win over the Gulls in the nightcap. The Lord Jeffs (5-3) will continue the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational Saturday with a 9:30 a.m. game against Suffolk University. 

Amherst's inability to hit in the clutch led to only one run on four hits in the first game. The Lord Jeffs left six runners on base, five of whom were in scoring position. Amherst's four singles came from John Wagner '12 (Evanston, IL), Will Lawton '10 (Newton, MA), Thomas Wheeler '12 (Minnetonka, MN) and Kevin Heller '12 (Brooklyn, NY). Heller provided the team's only RBI of the game. 

Junior Ryan Healy (Westport, CT) picked up the loss by surrendering five earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Senior co-captain Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) threw the final 1.2 innings, striking out two and allowing no runs. Endicott's Colin McGinn '10 pitched all seven innings to earn the win for the Gulls (4-5). 

Endicott had 10 hits in the nightcap but managed to score only twice, thanks in part to the Amherst defense committing no errors in the field. The Lord Jeffs took advantage of three Endicott errors and piled on 11 hits to score 13 times. Max McKenna '11 (Lexington, MA) went the distance for Amherst, allowing only one earned run with four strikeouts and one walk. 

Amherst's bats came to life in the second inning when the Jeffs scored four runs on a single and three doubles by the bottom half of the lineup. Amherst added two runs in the third, one in the fourth and six in the sixth. 

Nolan Stewart '13 (New Canaan, CT) went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a solo homer. Wheeler scored three runs and drove in another during a 2-for-3 performance, while Mike Samela '12 (Westport, CT) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jose Espinosa '11 (Ridgefield, CT) added two hits, two runs and two RBIs, Scott Shaffer '11 (Boulder, CO) hit a two-RBI double, and Wagner went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in.