WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Amherst College baseball team scored six runs in the top of the fourth and nine in the top of the eighth inning en route to a decisive 20-5 win over Western New England Monday.
It was the first win of the 2015 season for the Jeffs as they are now 1-3 overall. The Golden Bears drop to 1-4 on the year following the loss.
The Purple & White recorded 21 hits in the game and were led by Mike Odenwaelder '16 and Harry Roberson '18 with four each. Odenwaelder finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Roberson went 4-for-5 with a RBI and four runs scored. Yanni Thanopoulos '17 added seven RBI on three hits (3-5) with a home run and two singles. Tyler Jacobs '15 and Andrew Vandini '16 each went 2-for-4 with a double and a single, while Vandini drove in three runs. Six different Jeffs recorded multiple hits as Amherst totaled 17 RBI.
Riley Streit '16 started on the mound for the Jeffs and picked up the win. He threw seven innings without allowing an earned run (five earned), while striking out four and surrendering six hits. Mike Castiglie '17 and Chris Baldi '17 eached pitched an inning of relief and did not allow a run.
Amherst took a 3-0 lead after two innings before a huge six-run top of the fourth extended the lead to nine. Western New England scored in the bottom half of the inning followed by a two-run fifth. In the sixth inning, the Jeffs added another run but the Golden Bears responded with two more to cut the deficit to 10-5. However, another Amherst run in the top of the seventh, followed by a nine-run top of the eighth, gave the Jeffs the commanding 15-run win.
The Jeffs are back in action tomorrow and are scheduled to play in a double-header against Framingham State beginning at 10 a.m.