Jeffs Cruise Past UMass Dartmouth

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - With 22 total hits in two games, the Amherst College baseball team extended its win streak to four with a doubleheader sweep over UMass Darmouth Friday at Lake Myrtle Main Field in Winter Haven, Fla.

The Jeffs are now 7-2 to open the season following a 2-1 win in game one and a decisive 18-2 victory in game two. UMass Dartmouth drops to 3-5 on the season.

Amherst jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning of the early matchup. Conner Gunn '16 grounded out but advanced the runners and drove in Andrew Vandini '16. The Corsairs evened the score in the bottom of the second and after four scoreless innings, the Jeffs regained a lead in the top of the seventh. Anthony Spina '17 walked to put the go-ahead run on base and eventually scored on a catcher's error.

Tyler Jacobs '15 led the Jeffs with two of the team's five hits and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk. Jonathan Ramirez '16 went 1-for-2, Dave Cunningham '16 finished 1-for-3, and Vandini went 1-for-4.

Keenan Szulik '16 started and threw six strong innings. The sophomore allowed just one run (earned) on three hits with two strikeouts. Eric Kotin '14 pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the save.

As the designated home team in the second game, Amherst used a 10-run bottom half of the first inning to cruise to a commanding 18-2 win. The Jeffs totaled 17 hits in the game and added a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, and four in the sixth. 

Leading the way offensively with a huge game was Taiki Kasuga '14. The senior co-captain went 3-for-4 with a double, five RBI, four runs scored and one walk. Mike Odenwaelder '16 also went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored, and three other Jeffs recorded more than one hit. Alex Hero '14 and Jacobs went 2-for-4 with four RBI and 2-for-5 with three RBI, respectively. Eric West '15 went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored.

Quinn Saunders-Kolberg '14 started on the mound and threw six scoreless innings on just three hits. He also struck out eight without allowing a walk.

Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Mar. 22 for a 1:30 p.m. contest against No. 3/4 Southern Maine.