WINTER HAVEN, FL – The Amherst College baseball team fell into a 6-1 hole after the first inning and could not recover, as four errors led to eight unearned runs during a 12-3 loss to Fitchburg State College Thursday morning. The Lord Jeffs will continue the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational Friday with a doubleheader against Endicott College.
Fitchburg State (4-5) scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, taking advantage of sloppy Amherst defense while not committing an error of its own to drop the Jeffs to 4-2 on the season. The Falcons added three runs in the second inning and their final three in the seventh. Amherst scored one run in each of the first, fourth and fifth innings.
Jeff Keenan '11 (West Hartford, CT) pitched six solid innings but could not overcome Amherst's defensive miscues. Only two of Keenan's nine runs were earned, as he struck out six and walked one while allowing only two extra-base hits (both doubles). John D'Angelo (Woodbridge, CT) allowed three runs—two earned—on three hits in the seventh inning, striking out two and walking one. First-year Bob Cook (Winnetka, IL) was sharp in the eighth inning, striking out two and walking one without surrendering a hit.
Amherst struck first when sophomore Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, NY) hit a two-out single to left field, stole second base and came around to score on a single by classmate Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN). Scott Shaffer '11 (Boulder, CO) kept the two-out rally alive with a double to right field, but Wheeler was caught in a rundown while trying to score.
Shaffer scored Amherst's second run in the fourth inning, leading off with a walk and eventually scoring on a single down the left field line by junior Bryce Einhorn (Scarsdale, NY). The Jeffs' final run came in the fifth inning, with senior co-captain Will Lawton (Newton, MA) reaching on a bunt single and scoring on a Nolan Stewart '13 (New Canaan, CT) single to center field. Amherst managed only one hit the rest of the way.
Amherst sophomore Will Godwin (Swarthmore, PA) went 2-for-4 as the only Lord Jeff with multiple hits.