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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Amherst College baseball team swept its twinbill against Rutgers-Camden in Winter Haven, Fla. Sunday by scores of 9-5 and 7-6 (10 inn.).
In game one of the doubleheader, Riley Streit '16 started for the Jeffs (3-0) and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs without walking a batter. Entering the game in relief was Keenan Szulik '16, who pitched 3.2 innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts.
Offensively, Amherst was led by Taiki Kasuga '14 and Tyler Jacobs '15, who both went 3-for-4 from the plate. Mike Odenwaelder '14 was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and Eric West '15 went 2-for-3 with a walk. Alex Hero '14 added a two RBI double for the Jeffs in the 9-5 win.
Amherst came out strong to start the second game and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. However, Rutgers-Camden (2-2) knotted the game at 4-4 following a couple of bloopers.
Tied up heading into extra innings, the Scarlet Raptors applied pressure offensively and loaded the bases in each inning. The Amherst bullpen held strong, however, until the top of the 10th inning when the Jeffs rallied for the win.
Eric West '15 got things started with a one out single followed by another single from Conner Gun'16. With two on, Jacobs came to bat and hit a three-run home run as the Jeffs held on for the 7-6 win.
Quinn Saunders-Kolberg '14 started for Amherst and gave the Jeffs six efficient innings. The senior struck out three, walked two and allowed just two earned runs. Eric Kotin '14 threw two innings and allowed two runs while Robert Cahill '14 pitched a scoreless inning and Jackson Volle '17 came in for the save.
Andrew Vandini '16 was 2-for-3 with a walk and hit-by-pitch to lead all Jeffs at the plate. Hero went 2-for-4 with a walk and Odenwaelder hit for a double.
Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Mar. 16 at 9 a.m. and will face Oswego State.