CLINTON, N.Y. – The Mammoths battled back into the contest to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth, but the Continentals notched two runs in the bottom half of the inning as the Amherst College baseball team fell to Hamilton College, 4-3 Friday afternoon at he Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 10-11 on the season and to 4-3 in league play, while Hamilton improves to 12-12 overall (1-5 NESCAC). Amherst and Hamilton return to action tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 when they face off in a doubleheader in Clinton, N.Y. beginning at 12 p.m.
First to strike, the Continentals claimed a 1-0 edge in the bottom of the second following back-to-back walks and a wild pitch to put runners on second and third. Taking to the dish with one out, Dean Rosenberg sent a deep sacrifice fly to center field to score Brett Mele.
Hamilton extended its lead to 3-0 in the fifth, with Robert Morris ripping a leadoff triple to right to set up the scoring play and Chris Collins sending him home a batter later behind a single up the middle. With two outs, Ryan Wolfsberg singled to left to reach base before a double by Andrew Haser plated Wolfsberg to give the Continentals a three-run cushion.
Tacking on one more run in the eighth, the Mammoths set the score at 3-2, with Thanopoulos powering a single to right center to send Max Steinhorn '18 home from second.
Gaining its first lead of the contest in the top of the ninth, Amherst captured a 4-3 edge behind a Continental fielding error and a two-out RBI by Steinhorn as he rocketed a base hit to right field to plate Will Murphy '20 from third.
The Continentals battled back in the bottom half of the inning however, tallying scores on a wild pitch and a hard hit infield single to earn the 5-4 walk-off victory.
Drew Fischer '18 tossed 4.0 innings in the start on the mound for Amherst, giving up three hits, no earned runs and striking out five. Sam Schneider '18 (1-1) entered the game in relief and allowed six hits, two earned runs and fanned six in 4.1 innings, before Chris Baldi '17 closed out the game for the Mammoths.
Dan DePaoli threw 6.2 innings to open the game for Hamilton, allowing two hits and one earned run while walking three and whiffing seven, before Tom Riley tossed 1.1 innings in relief, allowing one hit, one earned run and striking out two. Finlay O'Hara (W 3-1) earned the win for the Continentals, entering in the ninth and allowing two hits and an earned run.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Hamilton edged the Mammoths in hits, 11-5, while Amherst left seven runners on base and the Continental stranded 11.
- The Amherst pitching staff combined to allow 11 hits, five runs (two earned) and 11 strikeouts, while Hamilton allowed five hits, four runs (three earned), four walks and nine strikeouts.