AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White surpassed the 10 run mark for the fifth time this season as an explosive eight run first inning and nine run fifth catapulted the Amherst College baseball team past Springfield College, 20-5 Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-5 on the season, while Springfield falls to 5-4 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, April 1 when they welcome Nichols to Memorial Field for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
Registering three outs on three hitters to open the game, Amherst then exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first to earn an early lead.
Taking to the batters box with runners on second and third, Yanni Thanopoulos '17 rocketed a single up the middle to plate both players and get the Purple & White on the board. Continuing to make solid contact, Amherst's next five hitters recorded singles, with Ariel Kenney '17, Nick Nardone '19, Chase Henley and Severino Tocci '20 tallying RBIs. Seeing his second at bat of the half inning, Harry Roberson '17 made it count, tripling to right field to score Max Steinhorn '18 and Tocci and set the score at 8-0.
Once again holding Springfield scoreless, Amherst extended its lead in the second as Tocci sent a double to right field and Ryan Hardin '18 ripped a single to center to plate three more runs for the Purple & White.
The Pride began to claw back into the game in the third, using a double by Brandon Russo, two passed balls and an error to log four runs before tacking on another score in the fifth to make it 11-5 in favor of Amherst.
Responding in a big way, the Purple &White plated nine runs in the fifth, as Thanopoulos and Henley combined for three doubles to earn the RBIs in the inning.
Neither side saw much success in their final five at bats, with Amherst clinching the 20-5 victory.
Thanopoulos went 3-for-6 on the day and finished with a team-high six RBI in addition to two runs, while Henley posted four RBI and two runs behind a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Crossing home four times, Steinhorn lead the team in runs and finished 3-for-5, while Anthony Spina '17 notched a team-leading four hits in six at bats.
First-year Zach Horwitz (1-0) earned his first collegiate win on the mound for Amherst, striking out five and allowing two earned runs in 3.0 innings. Andrew Ferrero tossed 2.0 innings in relief, whiffing five batters and giving up no hits, while Wilson Taylor '19, Chris Baldi '17, Mike Castiglie '17 and David Brinkley '19 each threw an inning and allowed just one hit.
Tyler Kelly (0-1) took the loss for the Pride, allowing 11 runs and 10 hits in 1.1 innings. Shawn Babineau, Joe Gamache, Ken Manero, Fletcher Comment and Jack Weinberger also saw time on the hill for Springfield in the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst owned a dominative 22-6 advantage in hits.
- The Purple & White notched six extra base hits in the outing, including a pair of doubles by Thanopolous, while Springfield recorded two doubles on the day.
- The Amherst pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts, six walks and two earned runs, while the Pride whiffed five, walked two and gave up 10 earned runs.