WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Amherst baseball team dropped to 4-2 on the season after suffering a 14-1 loss to #24 Ramapo College at the RussMatt Invitational. The Lord Jeffs will look to get back on track on Friday, Mar. 23 with a doubleheader against Allegheny College.
Scoreless in the top of the third, Dan Moreno '12 ripped a two-out single to left field, scoring Dave Jacob '13, who reached on an infield single to short. With Ramapo tacking on another run in the top of the fifth on a Matthew Hancock '13 RBI single back up the middle, Amherst looked to get something started in the bottom half of the frame.
Leading off with a single through the left side, Nolan Stewart '13 (New Canaan, Conn.) advanced to second on a Tyler Jacobs '15 (Westport, Conn.) sacrifice bunt. After John Wagner '12 (Evanston, Ill.) flied out to right, Alex Hero '14 (New York, N.Y.) came up with a big two out hit, doubling down the left field line to bring home Stewart, cutting the Roadrunner margin to 2-1.
Hoping to add to their tally in the top of the seventh, Ramapo put two aboard on a Jacob lead-off single and a Christian Spurr '13 walk before Hancock belted a three-run home run to right, suddenly pushing the lead to four.
Looking for more the following frame, the Roadrunners loaded the bases with no out before a Jacob double to center scored Kevin Case '15 and Chris Werr '15. Anthony Vinci '13 then singled through the left side, plating two more runs to make it 9-1, before Hancock laced a base-hit to right with one out to extend the lead to nine.
Loading the bases again later in the inning after a Joseph Somma '12 single, Werr doubled to center, clearing the base-paths as part of a nine run eighth that broke the game open.
Hero finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Stewart, Kevin Heller, Mike Samela and Brendon Hardin each went 1-for-3.
Hancock paced a Ramapo lineup that recorded 16 hits, going 3-for-5 with five RBI, while Somma had three base hits and a run scored. Jacob went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and four runs scored.
Travis Zilg '13 went the distance for the Roadrunners in the win, scattering seven hits, while striking out three. Hayden Metz '12 (Ridgefield, Conn.) lasted four and a third in the loss, surrendering two runs on five hits, while Adam Medoff '13 (San Francisco, Calif.) gave up seven runs on five hits in two and two thirds innings of relief.