WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College baseball team exploded for a combined 28 runs as the Jeffs secured a doubleheader sweep over NESCAC West and Little Three rival Williams College by scores of 11-4 and 17-3 Saturday afternoon at Bobby Coombs Field in Williamstown, Mass.
With the sweep, Amherst improves to 12-6 overall, 5-0 in NESCAC West play, while Williams moves to 6-11 on the season, 3-5 in conference action. The Jeffs and Ephs will complete the season series Sunday afternoon in Williamstown with Amherst as the home team on the scoreboard. First-pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Bobby Coombs Field.
GAME ONE: Amherst 11, WILLIAMS 4
In game one, the teams played three scoreless innings before Amherst jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Tyler Jacobs '15 cracked an RBI single and later stole home.
In the top of the fifth, the Jeffs broke the game open as Yanni Thanopoulos '17 drove in a run on an error, and later came around when Eric West '15 legged out an infield single. After West scored on a Williams miscue, Andrew Vandini '16 tagged a two-run base hit to center before Mike Odenwaelder '16 drove in another run with a base hit up the middle to give the Purple & White an 8-0 lead.
Williams plated two runs on a Phil McGovern double to right center in the bottom of the fifth, but the Jeffs answered with two more in the top of the sixth and an RBI triple by Thanoupolous in the seventh to set the score at 11-2. A run-scoring single by Jack Cloud and a sacrifice fly by McGovern in the home half of the frame set the final score at 11-4.
John Cook '15 (3-0) tossed a six-inning gem, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and fanned 12 batters. Harry Roberson '18, Odenwaelder, Ariel Kenney '18 and Jacobs each collected two hits in the win.
GAME TWO: AMHERST 17, WILLIAMS 3
In game two the Jeffs continued to pile on the runs as Conner Gunn '16 and West each went 4-for-5 from the dish with a combined seven runs scored. Odenwaelder added three hits, including his conference-leading fifth home run, while Roberson, Thanopoulos, Jacobs and Sam Ellinwood '18 chipped in two hits each.
After the teams traded runs in the first stanza, Amherst posted four in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the sixth, one in the seventh and another four in the ninth to coast to the 17-3 win.
On the hill, Keenan Szulik '16 (3-1) pitched 7.0 innings allowing three runs (two earned), struck out three, walked three, and scattered just five hits. Riley Streit '16 and Chris Baldi '17 pitched an inning each and both issued a strikeout.