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LAKELAND, Fla. – The Amherst College baseball team recorded eight hits but were held scoreless in a 4-0 loss to Oswego State at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla.
Monday's loss marked the first of the year for the Jeffs who are now 3-1 overall to start the 2014 campaign. After dropping its first game of the season, Oswego State has rattled off six straight following the win.
The Lakers got on the board early. With two outs in the top of the first, Mike McMullen '14 hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Dan Saccocio '15 for the 1-0 lead. It proved to be all they needed as they scored three more times with runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth.
Oswego State held a 9-8 edge in hits. Leading the team offensively for Amherst was shortstop Taiki Kasuga '14. The senior co-captain went 3-for-4 from the plate while sophomores Andrew Vandini and Conner Gunn went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively. Alex Hero '14 added a double for the Jeffs, recording the only Amherst extra-base hit.
John Cook '15 started and gave the Jeffs seven solid innings. The junior struck out 13 batters and surrendered just two earned runs with just one walk.
Tim Cronin '17 started for Oswego State and allowed seven hits in six scoreless innings. Pat Brown '15 relieved him in the seventh and pitched three scoreless innings with just one hit and zero walks.
Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Mar. 18 for a double-header against Ripon starting at 10 a.m.