Jeffs Sweep Doubleheader Against Hamilton

Shepard3.jpg Contact: Ben Badua

YAPHANK, N.Y. – Playing at the Baseball Heaven Complex in Long Island, N.Y. due to poor field conditions at Amherst, the baseball team opened its NESCAC West schedule with a pair of wins over Hamilton College.

Taking the first game 3-1 in seven innings, the Jeffs secured a 9-2 decision in the nightcap to improve to 11-3 (2-0 NESCAC) overall. Originally scheduled to close out the weekend set with the Continentals on Saturday, Mar. 29, tomorrow's game has been postponed due to an inclement weather forecast.

GAME 1: AMHERST 3, HAMILTON 1 (7 innings)
Behind a stellar showing from starter Fred Shepard '14 the Jeffs notched a 3-1 victory in the opening game of the twinbill. Tossing all seven innings, the senior lefty surrendered just one run on four hits, striking out eight while issuing just one walk.

With Hamilton plating a run in the top of the first on an Amherst error, the Jeffs responded by pushing two across in the bottom half of the frame. With one out and runners on the corners, Alex Hero '14 lined a base-knock to left bringing home Andrew Vandini '16, who led off the inning with a single to center. After a wild pitch allowed runners to move to second and third, Mike Odenwaelder '16 lifted a sacrifice fly, allowing Conner Gunn '16 to touch home.

With Shepard and Hamilton starter Jonathan Lane '15 locked in a pitchers' duel, Amherst added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Leading off the frame with a single to left, Taiki Kasuga '14 stole second. Coming up with a big base-hit, Gunn poked a ball into left field, plating Kasuga to make it 3-1.

Kasuga finished 2-for-3, while Vandini, Gunn and Hero each went 1-for-3. Odenwaelder, Yanni Thanopoulos '17 and Anthony Spina '17 accounted for the rest of the Jeffs' eight hits, going 1-for-2 apiece.

Lane scattered eight hits in six innings of work, giving up three runs, while striking out three. Joe Jensen '15 was 2-for-2 with a run scored, while Kenneth Collins '17 picked up the Continentals' only other hit.

Racking up 16 hits in the second game of the doubleheader, Amherst pushed across nine runs to help support a solid Dylan Driscoll '14 start. With the Jeffs plating six during a big second inning, Driscoll tossed seven scoreless frames, fanning nine batters while handing out just one free pass.

Scoring its first run on a fielder's choice with runners on second and third and nobody out, Amherst quickly doubled its lead with a Spina single to center that brought in Eric West '15. Vandini followed it up with an RBI base-knock to left before an error allowed Thanopoulos to come around. With one out, Hero capped off the big inning, driving in two with a single to right field.

After Spina homered in the bottom of the third, Tyler Jacobs '15 notched an RBI single to left in the fourth. The Purple & White recorded its final run in the fifth with Kasuga scoring on a fielder's choice to third base.

Every Jeff tallied a hit in the win, led by Odenwaelder and Vandini who each went 3-for-5. Spina, Hero and Kasuga added a pair of hits while combining for four RBI.

Hamilton starter Cole Dreyfuss '16 lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts. Jensen went 1-for-3, while Andrew Haser '17 and Robert Morris '17 plated the two Hamilton runs.