AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst baseball team improved to 2-1 on the young season after sweeping NESCAC rival Bowdoin in a doubleheader at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
Junior Bob Cook (Winnetka, Ill.) helped Amherst to a 7-3 win in game one, tossing a complete game, while surrendering just two earned on six hits.
Looking to give Cook some run support early, Mike Samela '12 (Westport, Conn.) doubled down the line with runners on first and third, scoring Alex Hero '14 (New York, N.Y.), who reached on a lead-off walk. With runners on second and third, Thomas Wheeler '12 (Minnetonka, Minn.) plated another run with an RBI groundout, making it 2-0.
Scoring again on a Nolan Stewart '13 (New Canaan, Conn.) RBI single in the third, Amherst added two more runs in the fourth on Hero and Taiki Kasuga '14 (New York, N.Y.) singles.
First year Brendon Hardin (Riverside, Conn.) continued to make an impression, plating the Jeffs' sixth run with a two-out double in the sixth, before the Jeffs tacked on one more, scoring on an error in the seventh.
Kasuga finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Heller went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Stewart was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Hardin had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Hero touched home twice in the win.
Looking to carry their momentum into game two, Amherst scored four runs in the first to give lefthander John Cook '15 (Winnetka, Ill.) an early edge in his collegiate debut.
Leading the game off with a single, Hero scored on a Heller double to plate the Jeffs' first run in a 7-1 victory. Advancing to third on the throw, Heller then came around on a Samela single, before a Wheeler double put runners on second and third.
Stewart later brought home Samela with a sacrifice fly before an Eric West '15 (Winnetka, Ill.) RBI single capped off Amherst's four run first.
Adding a run in the second on a Heller RBI single that scored Hero, Samela drove in Tyler Jacobs '15 (Westport, Conn.) with an RBI single in the fourth. Wheeler capped off Amherst's scoring in the sixth with an RBI single with runners on first and third.
Hero finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base, while Heller went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Samela was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Kasuga hit 1-for-3.
Cook lasted six and a third innings in his first collegiate start, striking out eight while allowing just one run on four hits.
BOX SCORE (Game 1)
BOX SCORE (Game 2)