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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Amherst baseball team closed out its annual Spring Break trip to Florida with a 9-3 record after sweeping a doubleheader with the University of Chicago. The Jeffs took the first game against the Maroons 1-0 in eight innings before running away with the nightcap, 14-6.
Outlasting Alex Terry '15 in a pitchers' duel, Mike Odenwaelder '16 was stellar in the first game of the twinbill, tossing all eight frames while striking out nine. Allowing just three baserunners, Odenwaelder hit a batter in the top of the second before issuing a walk in the fourth and surrendering his lone hit in the seventh on a single by Ricky Troncelliti '15.
Hitless through the first seven frames, Amherst finally got to Terry in the eighth. Tyler Jacobs '15 led things off with a double to left before Eric West '15 drew an intentional walk. Moving the runners over, Odenwaelder laid down a sacrifice bunt, before a free pass to Yanni Thanopoulos '17 loaded the bases. With one out later in the inning, Andrew Vandini '16 singled to right, plating West for the game-winning run.
Terry lasted seven and two thirds innings allowing one run on two hits, while striking out five. Troncelliti notched Chicago's lone hit, while Vandini and Jacobs were the only Jeffs to record base-knocks.
Jumping out to a fast start in game two, Amherst pushed across three runs in the first two frames. With nobody out and two on, Conner Gunn '16 laced an RBI double to left, driving in Vandini in the top of the first. With two outs, Odenwaelder added to the lead with a clutch single that brought home Taiki Kasuga '14.
Keeping the pressure on, Vandini beat out an infield single to third with two outs in the second, allowing Thanopoulos to come home. Down 3-0 in the bottom half of the inning, Troncelliti led off with a single before later scoring on a double to left. Coming right back, the Purple & White tacked on three more runs in the top of the third. With no outs, West ripped a triple into left, allowing Alex Hero '14, who reached on an error to lead off the frame, and Odenwaelder to score. Thanopoulos followed with a single to right, bringing in West.
Pushing across its seventh run on a Hero sacrifice in the fourth, Amherst added two more in the fifth on a two-out Vandini single to center. Hero scored another run on an error in the sixth, as the Jeffs drove in five more runs in the final two innings.
Vandini finished 4-for-5 with three RBI, while Kasuga was 3-for-4. Odenwaelder had three hits in three at-bats, while Thanopoulos was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Nine different Jeffs combined for 18 hits that helped produce 14 runs.
Fred Shepard '14 tossed five and a third innings, allowing one run on eight hits, while Riley Streit '16 and Adam Pinto '16 combined to pitch a scoreless inning without giving up a hit.
Amherst returns to action on Mar. 26 at Keene State.