AMHERST, Mass. – The home team recorded 21 hits and logged nine strikeouts to eclipse the 10-run mark for the sixth time this season as the Amherst College Mammoths surged past Keene State College with a commanding 19-5 victory Monday afternoon at Memorial Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-5 on the season, while Keene State falls to 8-10 overall. The Mammoths return to action on Wednesday, April 5 when they host Mitchell in a non-conference matchup beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Both teams saw success in the first two innings with the sides combining for nine runs and Amherst holding a 5-4 lead heading into the third. Holding the Owls scoreless at their next four at bats, the Mammoths plated three runs in both the third and fourth and added a run in the fifth before exploding for seven scores in the sixth to capture the 19-5 win.
Getting Amherst off to a quick start, Harry Roberson '17 ripped a double to center in his first at bat to plate Max Steinhorn '17 and give the Mammoths a 1-0 edge. Nick Nardone '19 sent a sacrifice fly to right field three hitters later to double the Amherst lead, before an error and back-to-back doubles by Chase Henley '19 and Severino Tocci '20 put the Mammoths ahead 5-0.
The Owls came roaring back in the top of the second as John Tarascio singled Connor Walsh home and Devin Springfield blasted a home run over the right field wall to set the score at 5-4.
Regaining a comfortable lead in the bottom of the third, Steinhorn put a ball into play to plate Henley before Roberson and Yanni Thanopoulos '17 each notched a single to add three runs to the scoreboard.
The Mammoths continued their momentum at the dish during their next at bat to score three more runs behind an Owl error and a double by Ryan Hardin '18 down the left field line.
After tacking on one more score in the fifth, Amherst exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Steinhorn, Thanopoulos, Rob Casey III '20, Nardone and Henley earning credit for the RBI's.
Keene State's final run of the contest came in the top of the eighth, as the Mammoths clinched the 19-5 victory.
Hardin finished with a team-high four hits in five plate appearance and tallied two RBI and two runs, while Henley and Nardone each registered three RBI to lead the Mammoths. Roberson finished 4-for-5 at the dish en route to plating four runs for Amherst.
Tossing 3.0 innings in the start for Amherst, Andrew Ferrero '19 (2-0) struck out six to earn the win on the mound, while Zach Horwitz '20, Mike Castiglie '17, Landry Mayo '20
and George Long '17 each saw time in relief. Alan Schiff (0-2) allowed five earned runs in 3.0 innings in the loss for Keene State, while Michael Wasserman, Brian Vieira and Jake Burbank saw action for the Owls in relief.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst owned a dominative 21-9 advantage in hits in the outing.
- The Mammoths notched seven extra base hits in the game, including a pair of doubles by Roberson and a homer by Henley, while Keene State recorded three extra base hits on the day.
- The Mammoth staff combined to strike out nine and walk three, while the Owls walked four hitters and struck out eight.