WINTER HAVEN, FL – The Amherst College baseball team used a five-run seventh inning to pick up a 10-7 victory over UMass Boston Monday morning in day three of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Lord Jeffs (4-0) will return to action Wednesday when they take on Babson College at 2 p.m.
Sophomore catcher Mike Samela (Westport, CT) went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI-triples to lead Amherst, while sophomore Hayden Metz (Ridgefield, CT) picked up his second win of the season by throwing 2.2 innings of solid relief. First-year Adam Medoff (San Francisco, CA) earned his first collegiate save by pitching the final two-thirds of the ninth inning.
Sophomore John Wagner (Evanston, IL) led off the game with a double down the left field line, which provided the Lord Jeffs an early spark en route to three first-inning runs. UMass Boston came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the first and had tied things up at 3-3 after two innings.
The Beacons took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but Samela's first triple scored first-year Nolan Stewart (New Canaan, CT) for the tying run. UMass Boston responded with a pair of runs in the sixth, but Amherst's five-run seventh inning proved to be too much for the home team to overcome. Sophomore Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, NY) added an insurance run with a solo shot to center field in the top of the ninth, and the Beacons were able to score only once in the final frame to wrap up the 10-7 result.
Stewart was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Wagner and senior co-captain Will Lawton (Newton, MA) were each 2-for-5. Thomas Wheeler '12 (Minnetonka, MN), Scott Shaffer '11 (Boulder, CO) and Heller each drove in two runs, with Wheeler providing Amherst's first run with an RBI-triple of his own. Heller and Stewart combined to score five runs in the win.
Sophomore southpaw Dylan Joyce (South Orange, NJ) got the start for the Jeffs but did not factor into the decision. Joyce allowed six earned runs on 12 hits in 5.2 innings of work, striking out two and walking none. Metz (2-0) struck out five and surrendered only one run on five hits in 2.2 innings of relief. Each team committed one error in the game.