Jeffs Roll Past Division I Dartmouth, 15-4

Jeffs Roll Past Division I Dartmouth, 15-4

HANOVER, N.H. - The Amherst College baseball team totaled 18 hits Monday en route to a decisive 15-4 win over Division I Dartmouth College Monday night at Biondi Park. 

With the win, the Purple & White snap Dartmouth's 14-game winning streak as it improves to 19-10 overall on the year. The Big Green drop to 20-20. 

Conner Gunn '16 led the team with four hits as he finished 4-for-6 from the plate with two RBI, two runs scored and a double. Yanni Thanopoulos '17 went 3-for-5 with two triples, three RBI, three runs scored and a walk, and Tyler Jacobs '15 drove in five runs with a 3-for-4 performance including a triple, a double, a walk and two runs scored. Five players recorded multiple RBI, and eight registered hits to give Amherst 18 total.

Three different pitchers took to the mound as Riley Streit '16 picked up the win and improved to 4-1 on the year. He tossed 4.0 innings and allowed just one run on three hits. Sam Schneider '18 and Chris Baldi '17 combined for three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts over 5.0 innings.

The Big Green were led by Joe Purritano, as he went 3-for-5 with two triples and two runs scored. Kyle Holbrook and Matt Parisi each recorded two hits, while Holbrook hit safely for a double. Holbrook, Nick Lombardi, Nick Ruppert and Jay Graham all drove in a run to round out the top offensive performers for the home team as they tallied 11 hits. Seven different pitchers tossed for Dartmouth, as Sam Fichthorn picked up the loss in the starting nod, going just 0.2 innings and allowing three runs on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Amherst jumped out to an early lead Tuesday and scored three runs in the top of the first. After Andrew Vandini '16 walked with one out, Mike Odenwaelder '16 doubled down the left field line. On the next at-bat, Thanopoulos tripled to right center to clear the bases, and later crossed home on a RBI single by Gunn.

After a scoreless second inning, the Jeffs scored three more runs in the top of the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Thanopoulos walked to lead-off the inning, and advanced to second after a single by Gunn. West advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt to allow Brendon Hardin '15 to drive in Thanopoulos with a single through the left side. Jacobs, the next batter, tripled to right center bring home both runners.

The Big Green cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the fourth, but Amherst retaliated with three more runs in the top of the fifth to pull ahead by a decisive eight-run margin. Jacobs hit a two-RBI single to bring home West and Gunn, and Vandini later drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left field. 

Dartmouth scored twice in the sixth off four hits, including RBI singles from Ruppert and Graham, and once more in the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Amherst outscored the home team 6-3 over the final four innings, including a four-run top of the ninth. 

The Jeffs return to the field Thursday, April 30 and will head to Wheaton (Mass.) for a 4 p.m. first pitch.