WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A two-run top of the ninth inning lifted the Amherst College baseball team to a 3-1 win in game one Sunday over the University of St. Thomas, but the Jeffs dropped the second game of their twinbill, 8-1 as they concluded their 2015 spring break trip.
The Jeffs finished the difficult, 12 games in 10 day stretch, and return to the valley with a 6-6 overall record. The Tommies are now 8-2 this season. Amherst returns to action Wednesday, April 1 and will head to Springfield for a 1 p.m. game.
GAME 1: AMHERST 3, ST. THOMAS 1 (9 innings)
Both teams were held scoreless through six innings until the top of the seventh, as Yanni Thanopoulos '17 drove in Harry Roberson '18 with a RBI single to center field. However, the Tommies retaliated in the bottom half of the inning and evened the score at 1-1. Following a scoreless eighth, Conner Gunn '16 led off with a single, and crossed home the following at-bat after a double by Thanopoulos. The sophomore then scored on the next at bat as Mike Odenwaelder '16 brought him in with a double to left field. Jackson Volle '17 retired the side in the top of the ninth to secure the Amherst win.
Thanopoulos led the Jeffs with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Odenwaelder finished 1-for-4 with a RBI, as Roberson and Gunn each recorded a hit to give the Jeffs five total. John Cook '16 started on the mound and tossed 7.2 innings. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out seven. Volle pitched the final 1.1 innings and did not surrender a hit.
GAME 2: ST. THOMAS 8, AMHERST 1 (7 innings)
St. Thomas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with back-to-back runs in the first and second innings. Amherst cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the third, but the Tommies scored three runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth en route to the win. They outhit the Jeffs, 10-6.
Roberson led the team with two hits, including a double, as he finished 2-for-3 with a RBI. Gunn, Odenwaelder, Tyler Jacobs '15 and Max Steinhorn '18 all recorded a hit, as Steinhorn scored once. Four different Jeffs took the mound, with Keenan Szulik '16 earning the starting nod. He tossed 3.0 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out two. Sam Schneider '18 threw 2.0 innings of relief, while Chris Baldi '17 and Mike Castiglie '17 tossed 1.2 and 0.1 innings, respectively. The trio allowed three runs (two earned) in relief, including three hits and three strikeouts.