Jeffs Keep Rolling with 15-3 Win Over Castleton

AMHERST, Mass. – Mike Samela '12 went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and Dylan Driscoll '14 pitched six strong innings to help the Amherst College baseball team earn a 15-3 win over Castleton State College Thursday afternoon at Memorial Field. 

The Lord Jeffs (15-5) have won five in a row and eight of their past nine, while the Spartans (17-9) had their winning streak snapped at 12. Amherst is 3-0 against Castleton in the all-time series, which began in 2010.

Amherst scored in six of the eight innings in which it batted, with Nolan Stewart '13 extending his hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. First-year Ryan D'Souza drove in three runs and Samela plated two, while sophomores Taiki Kasuga and Alex Hero chipped in with two hits apiece. 

The Spartans committed six errors and were held to only four hits by an Amherst pitching staff that has posted a 1.99 ERA in its past nine games. Ryan Zielinski and Pete Wagner each went 1-for-4, while Joe Borowski and Nate Swahn were a combined 2-for-5. 

Driscoll (W, 3-0) retired the first 11 batters he faced and finished with six strikeouts, surrendering one earned run on three hits and a pair of walks. Dylan Joyce '12 struck out the side in the seventh and Robert Cahill '14 added a pair of K's in the eighth before Adam Medoff '13 pitched the final frame. 

Samela put Amherst on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run double to left, and he would come around to score on a single from Stewart. The Jeffs tacked on another two in the third when Stewart laced a double to left center, giving Driscoll a comfortable 5-0 lead.

Driscoll carried a perfect game into the fourth, but Zielinski broke it up with a two-out single to left field and scored the Spartans' first run on a double by Borowski. Driscoll struck out the first two batters of the fifth but would surrender another run when Adam Greenlese walked and later scored on a wild pitch to make it a 5-2 game. 

Amherst pushed its lead to 8-2 by scoring two runs on groundouts and another on an error in the home half of the fifth. The Jeffs added another three in the sixth, thanks to a bases-loaded walk by Bob Cook '13 and two more RBI groundouts. 

After Joyce struck out the side in the seventh, D'Souza brought the score to 12-2 with a sacrifice fly to deep center. Ramos followed suit with a deep fly ball that scored Amherst's 13th run in the eighth, and D'Souza capped off his team's scoring with a two-RBI double to left center. 

Castleton State got one back in the ninth when pinch runner Greg Vreeland stole second, advanced to third on a single and scored on an RBI groundout from Zak Mayo, bringing the final score to 15-3.

Matt Ravey (L, 0-2) surrendered five runs on eight hits in the first four innings, with Tim Smith, Grant Davis and Brendan Mayhew allowing the final 10 runs on six hits and eight walks. 

Stewart is hitting a team-best .467 during his nine-game hitting streak, while Driscoll lowered his ERA to 1.61 on the season. Kevin Heller '12 moved into a tie for fourth on Amherst's career hits list (160) after going 1-for-4 with a pair of walks and three runs scored. 

The Lord Jeffs will host Bates College this Sunday at 1 p.m. in a NESCAC inter-division doubleheader. The Spartans will resume their conference schedule by welcoming Husson to town for a pair of games.

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