Cook Sharp as Amherst Crushes Castleton, 9-1

Courtesy of Castleton State Sports Information

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Amherst College baseball team pounded 15 hits and John Cook '15 tossed six scoreless innings for the win as the Lord Jeffs cruised to a 9-1 non-conference triumph at Castleton State College on Wednesday.

Brendon Hardin '15, Taiki Kasuga '14 and Jonathan Ramirez '16 each collected three hits for Amherst (13-5), as the Jeffs grabbed a 3-0 lead after two, providing more than enough support for Cook who gave up just two hits while striking out four and walking one. 

Chaz Millet went 1-for-2 for the Spartans and Brian Martin drove in the team's lone run as Castleton dropped to 12-6 on the year.

Amherst got on the board quickly, scoring twice in the opening frame. Hardin singled and Kasuga walked to lead off the game and both came around to score, with Bob Cook '13 driving in Hardin with a groundout before Conner Gunn '16 ripped an RBI double to right. The Jeffs added a run in the second on a RBI bunt single by Ramirez.

Castleton kept Amherst off the board until the sixth when the Jeffs put up three runs, two earned, on RBI singles by Hardin and Kasuga. Amherst added three more runs in the eighth off Cooper Long to extend its lead to 9-0 as Eric West '15 blasted a two-run homer and Quinn Saunders-Kolberg picked up a sacrifice fly. 

Sophomore Matt Ravey took the loss, starting the game and going the first three innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits while striking out a single batter. Derek Osborne pitched a scoreless ninth for the Spartans. 

Hardin finished 3-for-6 for the Jeffs while Kasuga was 3-for-5, each scoring twice, and Ramirez went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Saunders-Kolberg and Charles Nutter '15 each tossed a scoreless inning of relief in support of Cook. With the Spartans' lone run unearned, the Amherst staff lowered its combined ERA to 0.60 in seven games since returning from Florida.

Amherst returns home on Friday to host archrival Williams in the opener of a three-game NESCAC West series split between the two campuses. First pitch from Memorial Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.