WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Amherst College baseball team suffered a 4-0 setback to 13th-ranked Ramapo College in the opener of the teams' scheduled doubleheader Friday at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The second game was suspended due to rain with the Lord Jeffs leading 5-3 in the fourth inning; the teams will attempt to finish the contest on Saturday morning.
Bob Cook '13 was solid on the mound for Amherst (5-3) in the opener, but could not match the work of Ramapo's PJ Cerreto as the senior righty held the Jeff bats scoreless for the first time on the spring. Third baseman Nolan Stewart '13 was the only Jeff with multiple hits in the game as he went 2-for-2 with a walk.
Cook lasted five innings, surrendering two earned runs before giving way to Robert Cahill '14, who yielded another tally in the sixth. Eric Kotin '14 got the final out of that frame before Riley Streit '16 pitched a scoreless seventh.
The Amherst bats came out stronger in the nightcap, but rain cut short hopes of earning a split, at least until Saturday. Before the umpires suspended play in the bottom half, the Jeffs pushed four runs across in the top of the fourth, taking the lead thanks to RBI doubles by Mike Odenwaelder '16 and Brendon Hardin '15 and a run-scoring single by Taiki Kasuga '14.
The teams will attempt to complete the contest on Saturday while working around Amherst's scheduled 2:30 p.m. tilt with Grinnell College and the Roadrunners' 11 a.m. game against Framingham State. Check the Amherst schedule page for the latest information.