Amherst Captures Series Sweep with 4-3 and 8-5 Wins Over Archrival Williams

Amherst Captures Series Sweep with 4-3 and 8-5 Wins Over Archrival Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Mammoths secured the three-game series sweep of their archrivals as the Amherst College baseball team downed Williams, 4-3 and 8-5 Saturday afternoon at Bobby Coombs Field.  

With the sweep, Amherst improves to 10-9 on the season and to 4-2 in NESCAC West play, while Williams falls to 10-7 overall (4-5 NESCAC West). Amherst returns to action on Monday, April 17 when they host No. 21 Salve Regina in a 4 p.m. non-conference contest.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 4, Williams 3

Battling back from an early 1-0 deficit, the Mammoths plated one run in the fourth, two runs in the sixth and one final crucial run in the seventh to capture the 4-3 victory.

The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second following a single to center field by Jackson Parese and a wild pitch. Putting the ball in play, Adam Regensburg forced an error by the third baseman to score Parese. 

Deadlocking the contest at 1-1 in the fourth, Severino Tocci '20 capitalized on back-to-back singles by Yanni Thanopoulos '17 and Anthony Spina '17 and a sacrifice bunt by Nick Nardone '19 and singled to third base to score Thanopoulos.

Powering a hit over the fence for the second time in three games, Nardone gave the Mammoths a 3-1 edge in the sixth with a two-run homer over the left field wall.

Tacking on what proved to be the game-winning run in the seventh, Max Steinhorn '18 ripped a clutch two out single up the middle to plate Ariel Kenney '18 from second following Kenny's double down the left field line.

Williams made a comeback bid in their final at bat of the matchup, with Jack Roberts tallying two RBI as he singled through the right side, but Jackson Volle '17 was able to strike out Doug Schaffer a batter later to clinch the third out and the 4-3 victory.

Tossing a complete game, Volle (4-0) allowed six hits, two earned runs and struck out five in the winning effort for Amherst, while John Lamont gave up seven hits, four earned runs and whiffed five in the loss for Williams.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 8, Williams 5 

The archrivals started game two off with strong performances at the plate, with the sides combining for eight runs in the first inning. 

Stepping to the dish with the bases loaded and one out, Nardone rifled a single down the left field line to plate two runs for the Mammoths. Following a strikeout, Chase Henley '19 sent a ball through the left side to make it a 3-0 contest before Kenney and Ryan Hardin '18 notched back-to-back singles to extend the Amherst lead to 5-0 before the end of the first. 

Williams decreased their deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the inning, with Roberts and Parese recording RBIs behind a double to left and a sacrifice fly to deep right field.

The Mammoths tacked on a run in the second as Spina rocketed a single through the left side to score Harry Roberson '18, before the Ephs responded with a run in both the fourth and the fifth after a single up the middle by Nathan Michalski and a home run by Jack Cloud to set the score at 6-5 in favor of the Purple & White.

Holding Williams scoreless over the next three innings, Amherst gained a three-run cushion and made it an 8-5 contest heading into the ninth. Registering an RBI in the sixth, Thanopoulos notched a single to right to score Steinhorn from second base, while Kenney launched a solo home run over the center field wall in the eighth to post what stood as Amherst's final run of the outing.

Tasked with the start, Zach Horwitz '20 (2-0) allowed five hits, four earned runs and whiffed two in 4.0 innings on the mound to earn the win, before Wilson Taylor '19 pitched the final 5.0 innings, giving up just one hit, one run and striking out six.

Luke Rodino took the loss for Williams, pitching 8.0 innings and allowing 14 hits, three earned runs and five strikeouts before Will O'Brien tossed the final inning for the Ephs.