WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College baseball team posted a 6-4 victory over NESCAC West and Little Three rival Williams College Sunday afternoon at Bobby Coombs Field in Williamstown, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-6 overall, 6-0 in NESCAC West action, while Williams moves to 6-12 on the season, 3-6 in league play.
With the sweep, Amherst's senior class now stands at 11-2 against Williams, and the Jeffs are 14-2 against the Ephs in the last five years. The seniors have also never lost at Williams' home field (7-0), and the Purple & White has now swept four of the last five three-game series.
Playing as the home team on the scoreboard, Amherst scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first when Yanni Thanopoulos '17 singled in a pair of runners with his base hit through the right side as Andrew Vandini '16 and Harry Roberson '18 scored on the base hit.
The Jeffs added to their tally in the bottom of the third when Vandini scored on a double play groundout by Conner Gunn '16 to give Amherst a 3-0 cushion.
Williams struck back in the top of the fourth when Luke Pierce drove in Phil McGovern with a single to center field, before a pair of bases-loaded hit batters evened the game at 3-3. A balk allowed the fourth run to cross the dish as the Ephs took a 4-3 lead in the game.
The Purple & White continued to apply pressure scoring single runs in the bottom of the sixth, seventh and eighth frames.
Tyler Jacobs '15 lifted a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Eric West '15 in the sixth, and West drove in the seventh-inning run when he was issued a free pass with the bases jammed to give Amherst a 5-4 edge. Jacobs later scored the final run of the game in the eighth when Roberson reached on a throwing error by Williams to set the final score at 6-4.
Jeffs' reliever Riley Streit '16 (2-1) pitched six frames of scoreless baseball, allowing just one hit while striking out three Ephs batters. Sam Schneider '18 tossed three innings and allowed four runs on three hits and struck out three in a no decision.
Williams' reliever Tyler Duff (0-3) took the loss allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit with one strikeout.
West was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Roberson and Vandini scored two runs each in the winning effort. Thanopoulos finished with two runs driven in.
Adam Dulsky led Williams with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with a run scored.
Amherst returns to non-league play Monday, April 13 at Eastern Connecticut State University. First-pitch is slated for 4 p.m.