Amherst Downs Southern Maine, 18-8

Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Amherst College baseball team wrapped up its trip to Florida with an 18-8 victory over the University of Southern Maine to improve to 7-3 on the season.

Trailing 6-4 entering the seventh, Amherst erupted for a 12-run inning, sending 18 batters to the plate. Getting to starter Logan Carman '14 and three relievers to the tune of 10 hits, two walks, two hit batsmen and one error, the Jeffs took a 16-6 edge they would not relinquish. 

Mike Samela '12 (Westport, Conn.) had a three-run double and John Wagner '12 (Evanston, Ill.) added a two-run single during the decisive inning. Every starter recorded a hit for a Jeff lineup that finished with 25 in the game, led by first-year Tyler Jacobs (Westport, Conn.) and Samela, who had five hits apiece and combined for eight RBIs.

Kevin Heller '12 and Bob Cook '13 each added three hits for Amherst, while Thomas Wheeler '12 went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in. Also recording two hits were Nolan Stewart '13 and Brendon Hardin '15, who each scored two runs and drove in another. 

Southern Maine's Tucker White hit for the cycle with a single in the first, double in the third, homer in the fifth and a triple in the eighth. Classmate Nick Grady '13 continued his hot spring by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while David Ricker '12, John Carey '14 and Jake Glauser '15 each had two hits.

Sophomore lefthander Fred Shepard (Amherst, Mass.) went the first six innings for Amherst to pick up win, while Carman, the first of seven USM hurlers used in the game, was tagged with the loss.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 28 against Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.