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AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst baseball team fell to 17-5 on the season after suffering an 18-5 loss to perennial regional power Eastern Connecticut State University.
Scoring early and often, the Warriors scored a run in the top of the first before plating six runs in the second and nine in the third. Winners of 10-straight, ECSU improved to 17-4 on the year.
Drawing a lead-off walk in the top of the first, Brendan Lynch '14 advanced to second on a balk. Moving to third on a Mike Vaccarelli '14 groundout, he came around to score the game's first run on senior Adam Roderick's sacrifice fly to right.
Taking advantage of a pair of Amherst errors, ECSU pushed across six runs with two outs the following frame. With the inning's first three runs coming by way of Jeff miscues, Gavin Lavallee '14 belted a three-run home run over the left centerfield wall to make it 7-0.
Continuing to apply pressure, the Warriors added nine more runs in the third on 10 hits. Joe Perez '15 plated the first on an RBI single to left before a three-run Lynch homer padded the ECSU cushion. After Vaccarelli drew a walk, a Roderick double scored another before Nik Ververis '14 hammered the inning's second three-run roundtripper to make it 15-0. With two on and two out, Lynch capped off the big frame with an RBI single down the left field line.
Following a Corey Keane '15 two-out single to center in the fourth that put the Warriors up 18, Amherst finally got to starter Pat Barnett '14. Mike Odenwaelder '16 led things off with a homer to left. With two outs, a hustling Yanni Thanopoulos '17 moved all the way to third after the ball fell between a pair of ECSU outfielders and rolled to the right centerfield wall. Bringing home the Jeffs' second run, Andrew Vandini '16 laced an RBI single to left.
Continuing to battling in the sixth, Amherst posted three runs on four hits. With one out, Tyler Jacobs '15 and Dave Cunningham '16 recorded consecutive singles. Jonathan Ramirez '16 followed with a hit of his own before Vandini ripped a bases-clearing double into the left centerfield gap.
Lavallee finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Keane also notched four hits. Perez tallied three hits and two runs scored, while Tim Budd '16, Lynch and Ververis each recorded a pair of base-knocks. Vandini led the Jeffs offensively, going 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Odenwaelder and Cunningham combined for four hits and three runs scored.
Giving up nine runs (three earned) on seven hits in two innings, Fred Shepard fell to 3-2 on the season. Barnett lasted six innings in the win, giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out five.
Amherst returns to action on Thursday, Apr. 17 against Castleton State.