Amherst Shuts Out Vassar in Season Opener, 3-0

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Amherst College baseball team opened its 2014 season in Florida as starting pitcher Dylan Driscoll '14 held Vassar College scoreless with just five hits over eight innings of work to help the Jeffs to a 3-0 victory over the Brewers at Chain of Lakes Park Saturday afternoon.

Driscoll was rarely in trouble in his first start of the year, and was very efficient with his pitches, throwing just 90 through eight frames. Eric Kotin '14 came in to earn the save for Amherst, tossing 11 pitches in a scoreless ninth. Driscoll finished with five strikeouts and just one walk in his outing and handed Vassar (3-1) its first loss of the season.

The Jeffs (1-0) opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning with a pair of tallies, marking the first time this spring that the Brewers trailed. Amherst strung together back-to-back doubles by Conner Gunn '16 and Taylor Jacobs '15 to get on the board, and Andrew Vandini '16 singled in Jacobs to put the Jeffs up by a pair.

Amherst added to its lead in the top of the fifth, benefitting from a pair of Vassar College errors to tack on another run. After that inning, Vassar starter Joe Lovizio '14 was strong, holding the Jeffs off the board for the final three innings of his seven complete frames. Sophomore Connor Cucalon and Dave Robbins '14 each worked a scoreless inning for Vassar as well.

Lovizio surrendered eight hits and fanned five batters for the Brewers, who also got three singles from senior first baseman Brett Zaziski. Sophomores Nick Johnson and Brooks English each had hits for the Brewers.

Taiki Kasuga '14, Jacobs and Vandini all recorded two hits for the Jeffs. Kasuga and Jacobs went 2-for-4 while Vandini went 2-for-3 from the plate with a walk.

The Jeffs stay in Winter Haven and return to the diamond Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for a double-header against Rutgers-Camden.

Season stats will be updated following the end of Amherst's spring break trip.