MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Amherst College baseball team rallied late, but the deficit was too large to overcome as the Jeffs fell to Wesleyan University, 10-5 Friday night at the Dresser Diamond.
The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Purple & White, and ends its perfect season in conference play as it drops to 9-1 in the NESCAC and 18-8 overall. The Cardinals remain unbeaten in the league (7-0) and improve to 19-7 on the year.
Mike Odenwaelder '16 led Amherst with two hits (2-for-3), a walk and a run scored, as the Jeffs totaled seven hits in the game. Travis Strickler '16 and Joe Feldman '18 each pinch hit in the ninth inning and went 1-for-1 with a RBI. Three pitchers took the mound Friday, as Jackson Volle '17 was credited with the loss after 5.0 innings pitched. He surrendered just five hits and struck out five.
Wesleyan recorded nine hits and were led by Guy Davidson, who went 2-for-5 with four RBI, two doubles and two runs scored. Donnie Cimino and Nick Micelli each recorded two hits as well, while Micelli registered a double. Nick Cooney started on the mound and earned the win. He did not allow a run in 7.0 innings of work, and allowed just two hits.
After a scoreless first inning, the Cardinals took a lead in the bottom of the second following a home run from Sam Goodwin-Boyd. Wesleyan scored three more runs in the third off two hits. With one out and a runner on first, Cimino singled to right center to advance Eric Jones to second. Davidson, the next batter, then doubled down the left field line to bring home two runs. He scored later in the inning off a wild pitch as Wesleyan took a 4-0 lead heading into the fourth.
The Cardinals increased their lead to seven in the bottom of the fifth inning off a two-RBI double by Davidson and a sacrifice fly from Goodwin-Boyd. The following inning, the home team capitalized on two Amherst errors and also recorded two hits to score two more runs, and added one more in the bottom of the seventh.
Amherst scored five runs in the final two innings, but it wasn't enough. In the top of the eighth, Jacobs led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He crossed home on the next at-bat after a single by Sam Ellinwood '18. The Jeffs added four more in the ninth as Odenwaelder hit a lead-off single. After Brendon Hardin '15 was hit by a pitch, Feldman then singled through the left side to bring in Odenwaelder. Strickler hit a RBI single up the middle on the next at-bat, and Sergio Rodriguez '17 brought home Feldman with a sacrifice fly. Strickler later scored in the inning following a throwing error by the Cardinals, however, the rally came to an end shortly after as the Jeffs fell, 10-5.
Both teams return to the field tomorrow for a doubleheader at the Earl Lorden Field on the campus of UMass. The Jeffs will honor their six-member senior class prior to the start of game one, which is slated for 1 p.m.