WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Warriors attempted to battle back with a six run seventh inning, but a strong start by the Mammoths that saw 13 runs cross the plate in the first five innings and a clutch day by Nick Nardone '19 lifted the Amherst College baseball team past Eastern Connecticut State University, 14-7 Thursday evening at Eastern Baseball Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-9 on the season, while ESU falls to 11-8 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Friday, April 14 when they kick off a three-game NESCAC West series against archrival Williams College with a 4 p.m. contest at Memorial Field.
Quickly gaining the advantage, the Mammoths plated five runs in the top of the first to take a 5-0 lead into the third inning. Yanni Thanopoulos '17 notched the first RBI on the day following a walk and a single, sending a shot to right field to plate Harry Roberson '18 and Max Steinhorn '18. Nardone doubled Amherst's lead a batter later with a single to left field before Sam Ellinwood '18 registered the final RBI of the inning for the Purple & White.
Amherst tacked on a run in the third to extend their lead to 6-0 as Roberson ripped a single down the left field line, however the Warriors responded in the bottom half of the inning, with Alex Zachary punching a hit to right field to score Alex White and get ECSU on the board.
Nardone continued his banner day at the dish that saw him finish 3-for-4 with three runs and 5 RBI in the top of the fourth, powering a two run homer over the left field wall. Steinhorn set the score at 9-1 before the end of the inning, launching a sacrifice fly to deep center field that sent Ellinwood home.
Following scoreless play in the sixth, ESCU began to rally in the bottom of the seventh, as six Warriors crossed home decrease their deficit to 13-7. Williams Coleman started off the big half inning, rifling a triple to right field, before Dale Keller plated Coleman two batters later with a single through the right side. John Mesagno tallied the final three RBI for the Warriors, notching a two out, bases clearing triple down the right field line.
The game's final run came in the top of the eighth as Nardone capped off the matchup with a sacrifice fly to center field to log his fifth RBI of the outing and lift Amherst to the 14-7 victory.
Tasked with the start, Davis Brown '19 (1-1) tossed 6.0 innings for the Mammoths, allowing just two hits and no earned runs while striking out three in the winning effort. Landry Mayo '20 and Mike Dow '19 combined for 0.2 innings in relief, while Andrew Ferrero '19 closed out the contest, allowing no hits and whiffing two in 2.1 innings.
Seven Warriors pitchers saw time on the mound, with Ben Ruddock (0-2) taking the loss for ECSU.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst out hit the Warriors 12-5 and stranded 13 runners, while ECSU left six runners on base.
- Nardone's homer stood as the visitors sole extra base hit on the day, while John Mesagno and William Coleman logged triples for ECSU.
- The Mammoth staff combined for six earned runs, 10 walks and seven strikeouts while the Warriors gave up 11 earned runs, walked nine and whiffed four.