Jeffs Split Doubleheader With Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. - The Amherst baseball team saw its nine game win streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon after splitting a doubleheader with NESCAC West rival Hamilton.

Falling in a pitchers' duel, the Jeffs suffered their first conference loss of the season in the opener, losing in extra innings, 1-0 (8). Coming alive in the nightcap, Amherst rebounded for a 6-3 victory to improve to 18-6 (8-1 NESCAC West) on the season.

Bob Cook '13 paced the visitors, going 3-for-7 on the day with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Andrew Vandini '16 also went 3-for-7 with a run scored, while Quinn Saunders-Kolberg '14, Mike Odenwaelder '16, Taiki Kasuga '14, Conner Gunn '16 and Brendon Hardin '15 each had a pair of base knocks.

Amherst returns to action on Monday, Apr. 22 at Springfield.

Game 1: Hamilton 1, Amherst 0 (8 inn.)
In what turned out to be a classic pitchers' duel, Hamilton starter Jonathan Lane '15 edged out counterpart Fred Shepard '14 to help deal the Jeffs their first NESCAC West loss of 2013. Scattering five hits in seven shutout innings, Lane struck out two, while issuing just one free pass. Every bit as good, Shepard did not allow a run over his seven innings of work, giving up four hits, while fanning nine and walking just two batters.

Scoreless through the first seven scheduled innings, Amherst threatened to break the deadlock early in the extra session. Vandini got things started by lacing a one-out single to left field off reliever Tommy Moriarty '14, before Hardin dropped a base-knock into right. With the runners both advancing into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, Moriarty battled back, retiring Alex Hero '14 to end the inning.

Looking to get something rolling in the bottom of the eighth against Cam Windham '14, Joe Jensen '15 drew a one out walk before stealing second. After reaching on an intentional walk, Gabe Klein '13 and Jensen both took off running. With the throw sailing over third base and into left, Jensen came around to plate the walk-off run.

Gunn and Vandini each finished 2-for-3 for the visitors, while Saunders-Kolberg went 2-for-2. Colin Henneberger '14 notched a pair of hits for the Continentals, while Zachary Becker '16 and Sam Fuentes '16 accounted for Hamilton's only other base hits.

Game 2: Amherst 6, Hamilton 3
Erasing a 3-1 deficit, Amherst plated five unanswered runs to earn a 6-3 win over Hamilton in the nightcap. Cook led the way with three hits, including a lead-off homer in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth. Odenwaelder went 2-for-3 with a home run, while Kasuga finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jensen, Fuentes and Klein each had a hit and RBI for Hamilton, while Ben Goffin '15 and Nick Taylor '15 accounted for the rest of the Continentals' five base-knocks. 

Down 1-0 thanks to an Odenwaelder solo homer to left in the top of the second, Hamilton sent eight runners to the plate in a big third inning. Goffin got the rally going with a single to center. Pinch runner Jared Friedberg '16 advanced to second on a ground out before later stealing third. Taylor then reached on a bunt single before swiping a base to move into scoring position. Jensen and Fuentes followed up with back-to-back RBI singles, before Klein brought Taylor home with a base-knock.

Cook got one back for the Jeffs with a lead-off homer in the fourth inning before Amherst pushed three across on four hits in the fifth. With runners on second and third with one out, Hero brought home Vandini on a ground out to short. Cook then came up with a big two-out double, scoring Kasuga. Later singling through the left side, Odenwaelder plated Cook to make it 5-3.

Looking to add to the tally the next time up, Hardin reached on a fielding error before going to third on Kasuga's single through the right side. Hero then singled to left to score Hardin and give the Jeffs a three-run cushion.

Amherst starter Dylan Driscoll '14 surrendered three runs on five hits in six innings to improve to 6-0, while Adam Medoff '13 struck out the side in a clean seventh. Hamilton starter Cole Dreyfuss '16 allowed two runs on four hits in four innings, while Moriarty gave up three runs on four hits in the loss.