MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The No. 25/19 Amherst College baseball team split its twinbill with NESCAC West rival Middlebury Saturday afternoon, taking game one 8-7, before falling 6-5 in game two at Forbes Field.
Amherst (19-8, 6-3 NESCAC)
Middlebury (9-15, 6-6 NESCAC)
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 8, Middlebury 7
- Falling behind 7-1 after two innings, the Purple & White would rally back to record a run in the fourth and fifth and five runs in the sixth to claim the 8-7 victory.
- Down 7-3 heading into the top of the sixth, Max Steinhorn '18 sparked the Amherst comeback, doubling to left field to score Chris Collins '19. Yanni Thanopoulos '17 would single up the middle a batter later to plate Steinhorn and make it a 7-5 contest before a triple by Harry Roberson '18 sent Thanopoulos home.
- Conner Gunn '16 singled through the left side two batters later to tie the game a 7-7, before Sam Ellinwood '18 ripped a single down the right field line to give Amherst its first lead of the game.
- Neither side was able to plate a run in the seventh as Amherst walked away with the one run win.
- Amherst outhit the Panthers, 16-9.
- Max Araya and Johnny Read each notched two hits for Middlebury, with Araya finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs and Read going 2-for-3.
- Thanopoulos, Dave Cunningham '16, and Ellinwood recorded three hits apiece for the Purple & White, with Thanopoulos going 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI's, Cunningham finishing a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Ellinwood going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
- Riley Streit '16 (3-2) earned the win for the Purple & White, giving up nine hits and seven runs while fanning two in five innings on the mound. Mike Castiglie '17 pitched one inning in relief going hitless, while Andrew Ferrero '19 went hitless in the ninth to record his second save of the season.
- John Bunting (1-5) took the loss for Middlebury, pitching five innings and allowing 12 hits and seven runs while striking out four. Dylan Takamori and Brendan Donohue each tossed an inning in relief for the Panthers, combining for four hits and a run.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 5, Middlebury 6
- Despite plating runs in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth, the Purple & White would fall to the Panthers, 6-5 in game two.
- Amherst's best inning came in the sixth when they crossed the plate twice to make it a 4-4 contest. Roberson would plate the Purple & White's first run, scoring from third on a wild pitch before Cunningham sent a sacrifice fly to center field to send Ariel Kenney '18 home.
- Middlebury edge Amherst in hits, 12-8.
- Gunn was the sole multi-hit getter for the Purple & White, going 2-for-3, while Cunningham finished 1-for-3 with two RBI's.
- John Luke and Joe MacDonald lead the Panther offense, with each player going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
- The Purple & White used five different pitchers in game two, with Wilson Taylor '19 pitching the first 1.2 innings, allowing three hits and three runs while fanning one. George Long '17 entered in relief for 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, before Chris Baldi '17 and Castiglie combined for three innings on the mound. Ferrero took the loss for Amherst, tossing an inning while allowing two hits and a run.
- Tabbed with the start, Joe MacDonald (2-1) tossed eight innings, allowing eight hits and five runs to earn the victory. Donohue was credited with the save for the Panthers, pitching a hitless ninth inning.
- Middlebury hosts Skidmore College at 4 p.m. on April 26.
- Amherst travels to RPI on Tuesday, April 26 for a 4 p.m. non-conference matchup at Robison Field.