CLINTON, N.Y. – Racking up 28 hits on the day, the Amherst College baseball team posted back-to-back victories, 7-2 and 16-3, to sweep Hamilton College in NESCAC West action Saturday afternoon at the Loop Road Complex.
With the sweep, Amherst improves to 12-11 on the season and to 6-3 in league play, while Hamilton falls to 12-14 overall (1-7 NESCAC West). Amherst returns to the field on Tuesday, April 25 when they host non-conference opponent Elms College for a 4 p.m. matchup at Memorial Field.
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 7, Hamilton 2
Following a scoreless first inning, the Mammoths broke open game one with four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead. In the leadoff spot, Anthony Spina '17 tallied the first RBI of the contest, blasting a solo homer over the left field wall. Utilizing his speed, Max Steinhorn '18 forced a throwing error with two outs that allowed Ariel Kenney '17 and Nick Nardone '19 to cross home, before Harry Roberson '18 ripped a single up the middle to plate Ryan Hardin '18.
Hamilton got on the board in the third, following two singles and a fielder's choice. With runners on the corners, a failed Amherst pickoff attempt led to the Continental run as the throw was out of the reach of the first baseman.
Extending their lead to 7-1, Amherst recorded three more scores in the sixth, as Chase Henley '19 powered a double with runners on first and second to plate Nardone. Next to the dish, Hardin logged two RBI as Henley and Severino Tocci '20 crossed home behind a triple to deep right field.
The final run of the outing came in the bottom of the sixth. Getting the ball in play with Andrew Haser on third and Brett Mele on second, Jordan Northrup notched the RBI, grounding out to shortstop to plate Haser.
Hard and Henley were the game's multi-hit getters, with both players finishing 2-for-2. Nardone led the Purple & White in runs with two, while Hardin's two RBI were a game-high.
Senior Jackson Volle improved to 5-0 on the year in the winning effort on the mound for Amherst, allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out three in the 7.0 inning complete game.
Max Jones (0-3) threw 6.0 innings for the Continentals in the start, giving up eight hits and three earned runs in the loss, before Brett Sandford entered the game to pitch the final inning.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 16, Hamilton 3
Hamilton jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, as Haser drove a sacrifice fly to center field to score Collins after he led off the bottom of the first with a double.
Responding immediately, the Mammoths capitalized on a Continental error in the second to even the matchup at 1-1, before Hamilton regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning behind a RBI single by Robert Morris.
The home team held a 2-1 edge into the fifth, but Amherst came roaring back in the final five innings of play, deadlocking the contest at 2-2 in the top of the fifth before piling on seven runs in the sixth, five runs in the fifth and a run in both the eighth and ninth.
Spina singled Roberson home in the fifth to even the score before Amherst batted through the lineup in the top of the sixth. Tocci recorded the innings first RBI and posted the Mammoths third consecutive single to score Kenny, while a Roberson walk to plate Tocci proved to provide the game-winning run. Yanni Thanopolous '17, Spina and Kenney tallied a single, ground out, and double, respectively, to help give Amherst a 9-2 advantage by innings end.
The Mammoths logged five runs on three hits in the seventh, before Hamilton broke the unanswered streak and plated a run in the bottom of the inning behind a muffed throw by the first baseman.
Closing out the game with two final scores, Spina blasted a two out triple to score Roberson and Will Murphy '20 registered an RBI single in the ninth as Amherst secured the 16-3 victory.
Four Amherst batters recorded three hits in the game, while Spina notched a game-leading four RBI and Roberson logged a game-high four runs.
Tasked with the start, George Long '17 tossed 3.2 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out three. Entering in relief, Wilson Taylor '19 (1-3) earned the win for Amherst, giving up four hits, no earned runs and fanning five in the final 5.1 innings.
Finlay O'Hara (3-2) took the loss for Hamilton, giving up 10 hits and four earned runs in 5.0 innings on the mound. Callum Slater, Brett Sandford, Carter King and Kenny Gray combined to close out the game for the Continentals, allowing 10 hits and nine earned runs.