Jeffs Open Series with 6-4 Win at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Brendon Hardin '15 was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and hit his first collegiate home run during the Amherst College baseball team's 6-4 victory at Williams on Friday, as the Lord Jeffs bumped their winning streak against their archrivals to five games. 

Nolan Stewart '13 and Bob Cook '13 added two hits apiece to help Amherst (12-5) improve to 4-0 in NESCAC West play, while the Ephs (5-11) dropped to 1-3 in the conference. The Lord Jeffs will host Williams in a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game set to begin at 1 p.m. on Memorial Field. 

Friday's game featured three lead changes, but it was Amherst that got the last laugh when Stewart and Hardin each delivered an RBI single to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth. Fred Shepard '14 improved to 4-0 after tossing the first seven innings, while Cam Windham '14 shut down the Ephs the rest of the way for his first save of the season. 

Shepard allowed four runs on eight hits and was supported by a flawless performance from his defense. The sophomore lefty struck out two batters, walked two and hit two, while Windham fanned one and gave up two hits in relief. 

After Williams put its first run on the board with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second, Hardin tied the game at 1-1 by leading off the fifth inning with homer to right center. Tyler Jacobs '15 then walked and moved around the bases on wild pitches, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Taiki Kasuga '14. 

The Ephs regained the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, but Amherst responded when Hardin brought home Stewart with a single and Cook came home on a passed ball. Williams tied things up at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but Stewart and Hardin once again came through in the clutch and put the Jeffs ahead for good in the eighth. 

Each of Saturday's games will feature live statistics.