MILTON, Mass. - The No. 25/19 Amherst College baseball team used a strong start and an 11-hit effort to get back in the win column, downing Curry College, 6-2 in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference matchup at the Jack Vallely Baseball Diamond.
- Amherst crossed the plate once in each of the first three innings, twice in the fifth, and once more in the ninth to secure the 6-2 win.
- With runners on second and third after back-to-back leadoff singles and a ground out to third, Ariel Kenney '18 sent a fielder's choice into play to notch an RBI and put Amherst up 1-0.
- Dave Cunningham '16 would double the Purple & White's lead an inning later, sending a leadoff homer over the right field fence.
- Amherst would make it a 3-0 contest in the third, as Max Steinhorn '18 was able to plate in a double steal before Kenney was tagged out in a run down.
- Each side would score two runs in the fifth, and Amherst would add an extra insurance tally in the ninth to seal the victory.
- Steinhorn was stellar in the batters box for the Purple & White, going a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs, while Cunningham finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Both Cunningham and Anthony Spina '17 each notched a home run in the matchup.
- The Colonels were held to just three hits in 30 plate appearances, with Philip Perez and Jack Kallinich each going 1-for-3, and Nick Crivello finishing 1-for-4.
- Tabbed with the start, Keenan Szulik '16 struck out four while allowing no hits and two runs in 4.2 innings. Chris Baldi '17 (1-1) earned the win for Amherst, tossing 1.1 innings and allowing two hits while fanning two, while Mike Castiglie '17 took the mound for two innings in relief, striking out two and giving up a hit. Andrew Ferrero '19 closed out the game for the Purple & White, striking out one and going hitless in the top of the ninth.
- Brandon Bercovitz (0-1) took the loss for the Colonels, giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings on the mound. Matt Hailey pitched two innings in relief, allowing two hits and fanning one, while David Griffin and Vincent Lopriore each threw an inning, combing for one hit and three strikeouts.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Purple & White held a commanding edge in hits, 11-3.
- Amherst left five runners on base, while Curry stranded nine.
- The Purple & White pitching staff combined for five walks and nine strikeouts, while the Colonels walked one and struck out six.
- Curry College hosts Suffolk on April 22 at 3:30 p.m.
- The Purple & White travel to Middlebury, Vt. for a three-game weekend series with NESCAC opponent Middlebury College. Game one is set for Friday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at Forbes Field.