Jeffs Sweep Weekend Series Against Hamilton

Jeffs Sweep Weekend Series Against Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. – Behind two strong pitching performances from Jackson Volle '17 and Riley Streit '16, the Amherst College baseball team swept its doubleheader Saturday against NESCAC rival Hamilton College by a game one score of 5-2, followed by an 8-2 victory in game two.

Following the weekend series sweep of the Continentals, the Jeffs remain perfect in league play with a 9-0 mark, and improve to 17-7 overall. With the losses, Hamilton drops to 2-4 in the NESCAC and 10-9 on the year.

The Jeffs return to the field tomorrow and will head to Castleton State for a 3 p.m. start. Tomorrow's game was originally scheduled for Monday but has been moved up a day due to weather concerns.

GAME 1: AMHERST 5, HAMILTON 2 (7 innings)
Volle pitched a complete game gem in the first matchup as he struck out 10 batters and allowed just two runs on five hits. He is now a perfect 4-0 this season. The sophomore received help offensively from Andrew Vandini '16, who continues to swing the bat well as he went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Harry Roberson '18 joined him with two hits (2-for-3) and also scored twice, while four batters recorded one hit each.

Hamilton was led by Joe Jensen, who finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Chris Collins, Tyler Reinhold and Zach Becker all hit safely to give the home team five total. Cole Dreyfuss started on the mound and tossed 6.0 innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out six in a losing effort. Andrew Jaffoni pitched in relief and threw one inning, surrendering one hit with two strikeouts.

After two scoreless innings, the Jeffs got on the board first in the top of the third. Ariel Kenney '18 led off and reached first on a throwing error by the home team. After a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, the first-year stood on third with one out and was brought home by Sam Ellinwood '18 with a single to left field. Later in the inning, Vandini singled to center field to bring home Roberson as Amherst went ahead, 2-0.

However, the Continentals retaliated in the bottom half of the inning and tied the game. After a lead-off walk, Reinhold singled to left and Becker reached on a fielder's choice, sending Dean Rosenberg to third. On the next at-bat, Jensen doubled to left field to bring home two runs.

The lead was short-lived as Amherst responded in the top of the fourth. Eric West '15 singled up the middle to start the inning and advanced to second after Kenney was hit by a pitch. Tyler Jacobs '15 advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Roberson later walked to load the bases with two outs. Vandini then stepped to the plate and doubled to left center to bring home all runners for his second consecutive game-winning hit.

GAME 2: AMHERST 8, HAMILTON 2
Streit started on the mound in game two and pitched another gem for the Jeffs as he went 7.0 innings, while allowing just one run on six hits and striking out 11 batters. George Long '17, Drew Fischer '18 and Chris Baldi '17 relieved the junior and totaled one run, two hits and three strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work. Amherst totaled 10 hits in the game and recorded four home runs from West, Vandini, Kenney and Yanni Thanopoulos '17. Roberson and Ellinwood recorded two hits apiece, while six others registered one hit each. Ellinwood also recorded a double, and Kenney's home run marked the first of his career.

Ryan Wolfsberg led Hamilton with two hits (2-for-5) in game two, while Robert Morris registered the only RBI for the home team. The Continentals totaled eight hits in the game. Alex Pachella started and picked up the loss, he threw 5.2 innings and allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits and also struck out five. Finlay O'Hara tossed in relief and did not allow a run in 3.1 innings.

Amherst scored at least one run in each of the first three innings, all from home runs. Vandini homered to left center in the top of the first, and West hit a dinger in the same spot the following inning. With runners on first and second and one out in the third, Thanopoulos homered to left center once again for the three-RBI blast.

Hamilton cut the deficit to four in the fifth, but Amherst put together a two-out rally in the sixth. Kenney hit a solo homer to get things started. Jacobs walked on the next at-bat, followed by a double by Ellinwood. Jacobs then scored on a wild pitch, and Roberson singled to right field to bring home Ellinwood.

The Continentals scored again in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn't enough as the Jeffs completed the three-game sweep.