AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 23/31 Amherst College baseball team split its twinbill with Hamilton College Saturday afternoon, falling 6-2 in game one before Joe Feldman '18 sent a walk off single into right field in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Purple & White to a 8-7 victory in game two.
Hamilton (10-7, 1-2 NESCAC West)
Amherst (12-3, 2-1 NESCAC West)
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 2, Hamilton 6
- The Purple & White took an early 1-0 lead, as Anthony Spina '17 doubled to right center to score Sam Ellinwood '18 in the bottom of the second inning.
- Hamilton responded in the fifth to even the contest at one apiece. Batting in the two spot, Brian Ferrell singled and advanced to second on a fielding error before Ryan Woldsberg came up big for the Continentals, sending a double into left center to score Ferrell.
- Heading into the sixth tied 1-1, Hamilton rallied for four runs as David Rose, Ferrell, Dean Rosenberg, and Mike Chiseri each plated a run for the Continentals.
- Each side would tack on a run in the seventh as Hamilton walked away with the 6-2 win.
- Hamilton held a 10-2 edge in hits in the matchup.
- Harry Roberson '18 and Spina tallied Amherst's only hits of the game, with Roberson finishing 1-for-3 and Spina going 1-for-2 with two RBI's.
- Woldsberg, Rose, and Ferrell led the Continentals offense with two hits apiece, with Wolsberg going 2-for-5 with three RBI's and Rose and Ferrell each finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
- Cole Dreyfuss (3-1) tossed a complete game on the mound for Hamilton, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out two.
- Tabbed for the start, senior Riley Streit (1-1) allowed six hits and four runs while fanning four in five innings on the mound. Chris Baldi '17 entered in relief in the fifth, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out one in two innings pitched.
- The Purple & White left four runners on base, while Hamilton stranded 11.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 8, Hamilton 7 (10 inn)
- Amherst once again took an early 1-0 lead, as Max Steinhorn '18 and Ariel Kenney '18 tallied back-to-back singles in the first inning before Yanni Thanopoulos'17 sent Steinhorn home two batters later.
- The Continentals would immediately respond, scoring four runs on three hits in the second.
- Conner Gunn '16 crossed the plate in the bottom half of the second, before Amherst evened score at 4-4 in the third with consecutive Hamilton throwing errors allowing Harry Roberson '18 and Thanopoulos to plate and tack on two more runs.
- The Purple & White and Hamilton would trade runs over the next five innings, with the Continentals adding two runs in the fourth and another in the seventh and Amherst plating one in the fifth and two in the sixth to even the score at 7-7 heading into the eighth.
- Amherst claimed the win in dramatic fashion in tenth following a scoreless ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs after a Gunn single and two consecutive walks, Feldman came through in the clutch, sending a walk off single into right field to score Nick Nardone '19.
- Hamilton edged Amherst in hits, 12-9.
- Spencer Vogelbach pitched the first four innings for the Continentals, striking out three and allowing six hits and four runs. Dan DePaoli (2-2) took the loss for Hamilton, allowing six hits and four runs in five innings in relief.
- Keenan Szulik '16 tossed 3.2 innings in the start for Amherst, allowing five hits and six runs while fanning two batters. George Long '17 took the mound for 2.2 innings in relief, giving up three hits and a run while adding a strikeout. Following a rain delay, Mike Castiglie '17 pitched an innings, allowing a hit, before Andrew Ferrero '19 (1-0) went hitless in the final 2.2 innings to clinch the win.
- The Purple & White left seven runners on base, while Hamilton stranded 12.
- Hamilton is set to take on Cazenovia on April 4 at 4 p.m.
- Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, April 6 when they travel to Cambridge, Mass. for a game against MIT at 4 p.m.