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MEDFORD, Mass. – The 23rd-ranked Amherst College baseball team rallied in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn't enough as they fell to 10th-ranked Tufts in day one action at the NESCAC Championships, 9-5.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Jeffs as they drop to 28-8 overall on the year. The Jumbos posted two four-run innings en route to the victory and are now 31-5 on the year.
Leading the team offensively for Amherst was Tyler Jacobs '15 and Yanni Thanopoulos '17 with two hits each. Jacobs went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Thanopoulos went 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored. Five other Jeffs recorded a hit while Conner Gunn '16 hit a two-run home run. John Cook '15 earned the starting nod on the mound and went 5.2 innings, surrendering just one earned run (four unearned) on nine hits without walking a batter and striking out four.
Tufts received most of their offense from two players, Connor McDavitt '15 and Matt Moser '16. McDavitt went a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate with two runs and a RBI. Moser was 3-for-4 with five RBI. Joining the duo with multiple hits was Max Freccia '14 with two (2-for-4) while driving in a run and scoring once. Kyle Slinger '15 started and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Andrew David '16 relieved him in the seventh and tossed three innings with two runs and three hits.
Amherst scored the first run of the game in the top of the first and held a 1-0 advantage until the bottom of the fifth, when several defensive miscues led to four runs for the home team. After a RBI single tied the game, the Jumbos loaded the bases for Moser who doubled to left center and drove in all three runners.
The Jeffs retaliated the following inning and cut the deficit to one when Thanopoulus hit a one-out double to left and crossed home the following at bat on a home run to left center by Gunn. However, another Tufts' run in the bottom half of the inning increased the margin to two, 5-3.
After a scoreless seventh, the Jumbos tacked on four more runs to take a decisive six-run lead. Amherst rallied with a RBI double by Dave Cunningham '16 and a RBI sacrifice fly from Anthony Spina '17 but the deficit was too large to overcome.
The Jeffs will face Bates tomorrow, May 10 in game three of the 2014 NESCAC Baseball Championships beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the DeFelice Field in Waltham, Mass. Bates is the No. 2 seed from the East Division and fell to Wesleyan, 4-3, in game two.