WALTHAM, Mass. – The Mammoths finished 7-for-17 with runners on base as the Amherst College baseball team toppled Brandies University, 6-0 Tuesday evening at Stein Diamond.
With the win, Amherst improves to 17-12 on the season, while Brandeis falls to 5-21 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, May 3 when they host UMASS-Boston in their final home game of the regular season beginning at 4 p.m.
Getting on the board in the third, the Mammoths took a 2-0 lead behind a home run by Ariel Kenney '18. Following back-to-back outs to open the inning, Anthony Spina ripped a single down the left field line to set up the scoring play. Stepping up to the plate, Kenney powered a dinger over the left field fence to give Amherst a two run edge.
Tacking on another run in their next at bat, senior Yanni Thanopolous extended the Mammoths lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth. Will Murphy '20 and Harry Roberson '18 recorded hits to put runners on the corners, before Thanopolous snuck a single through the left side to plate Murphy.
Amherst doubled its lead in the seventh and tallied what stood as the contest's final scores as the Mammoths secured a 6-0 shut out victory. Thanopolous and Spina singled and walked, respectively, before moving over to second and third on a wild pitch as Kenney came to the plate. Powering a doubled to deep left center, Kenney sent Thanopolous and Spina across home plate before a aground ball out by Joe Feldman '18 two batters later plated Kenney.
Tasked with the start, George Long '17 (1-3) tossed 5.0 innings for Amherst in the winning effort, allowing no runs and just one hit while racking up six strikeouts. Mike Dow '19, David Brinkley '19, Landry Mayo '20 and Andrew Ferrero '19 pitched 1.0 innings each to close out the game.
Albert Gutierrez pitched 3.1 innings for the Judges in the start on the mound, giving up eight hits, three runs and fanning two. Entering in relief, Greg Tobin allowed four hits and three runs in 3.2 innings, while Bradley Bousquet and Mike Musto each threw 1.0 innings each.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst edged Brandeis in hits, 12-5 while each team left eight runners on base in the outing.
- Kenney's double and home run stood as the only extra base hits in the matchups.
- The Mammoths staff combined to allow five hits and no runs while walking two and striking out nine, while the Judges gave up 12 hits and six earned runs while walking two and fanning nine.