WINTER HAVEN, FL – The Amherst College baseball team earned a 16-4 win over Suffolk University Saturday morning in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, marking the fifth time this season the Lord Jeffs have scored at least 10 runs in a game. Amherst will wrap up its Florida swing with an 11 a.m. game against Grinnell College Sunday.
Amherst (6-3) picked up 16 hits and was aided by six Suffolk (3-6) errors, while sophomore Hayden Metz (Ridgefield, CT) pitched 6.0 strong innings to earn the win. The Rams scored four runs on eight hits, with the Lord Jeffs committing two errors of their own.
Metz allowed a pair of runs on three singles in the second inning but shut down the opposition after that. Amherst scored once in each of the first, second and fourth innings before breaking the game open with three runs in the fifth, six in the sixth and four in the seventh. Junior Pat Harris (Rochester, NY) pitched the final three innings for the Jeffs, striking out five and allowing only one hit—a two-run homer in the ninth.
Sophomore Mike Samela (Westport, CT) hit his first career home run—a three-run blast—in the seventh inning. First-year Nolan Stewart (New Canaan, CT) was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and senior co-captain Will Lawton (Newton, MA) went 3-for-5 with a double.
John Wagner (Evanston, IL), Scott Shaffer (Boulder, CO), Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN), Will Godwin (Swarthmore, PA) and Jose Espinosa (Ridgefield, CT) each had two hits for Amherst. Wheeler and Godwin drove in three runs apiece.