Wagner's Five RBIs Lead Amherst to Fourth Straight Win

From a Keene State release

KEENE, NH - The Amherst College baseball team survived a three-run ninth-inning rally from host Keene State this afternoon to hold on for an 11-8 win at the at the Owl Athletic Complex. The Lord Jeffs (11-7) scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to go up 5-1, while sophomore John Wagner (Evanston, IL) had a key three-run triple to spark Amherst as it pulled away.

Trailing 7-1, the Owls got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run by junior Peter Burgio, his first round-tripper of the season. Keene's Bobby Doyon cut the lead to 7-4 in the seventh with his team-leading fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field.

Amherst scored one run in the eighth and what proved to be three valuable insurance runs in the ninth inning.  Wagner delivered a two-run single up the middle in the ninth to once again lead the charge for Amherst.

Keene State (10-9) refused to go quietly, and made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth frame.  With sunlight fading, Owl junior Tyler DiPrato drove in one run with a single.  Keene plated two more runs on an error and infield hit to account for the final score.

With the Owls having posted three runs in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap to just 11-8, Amherst brought in pitcher John D'Angelo (Woodbridge, CT) to finish the game. D'Angelo got the second out of the inning when Bryce Einhorn (Scarsdale, NY) made a great play to catch a pop-up in foul territory on the first base side, leaning over a fence to pull the ball back. D'Angelo got the final out of the game on a grounder to Einhorn at first, sealing his first save of the season.

Wagner finished the game with three hits and five RBIs for the Lord Jeffs, while senior Will Lawton (Newton, MA) had three hits. Keene's offense was paced by Anthony Cipolla, Patnode and DiPrato, who each had two hits for the Owls.

Hurler Kyle Davis (1-2) started for Keene and took the loss, while junior Jeff Keenan (West Hartford, CT), who came on to pitch in the fourth inning, got the win for Amherst to improve to 1-2.

Amherst will return to action for a pivotal three-game, two-day series against archrival Williams College this weekend.