AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths battled back from a 6-1 deficit to come within two scores entering the ninth, however the home team was unable to retake a lead as the Amherst College baseball team fell to No. 28 UMASS-Boston, 9-5 Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 17-13 on the year, while UMASS-Boston improves to 27-9 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, May 5 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 4 p.m. non-conference contest.
First on the scoreboard, the Mammoths took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on the corners following a Harry Roberson '18 walk and a single by Yanni Thanopoulos '17, Anthony Spina '17 powered a double into the gap in right center to plate Roberson.
Responding in their next at bat, the Beacons tallied four runs to claim a 4-1 edge. Taking to the dish with Nick Herzog and Luke Nagle on first and second, Anthony Searles ripped a double down the left field line to send Herzog across home plate. Charlie Huegi gave UMASS-Boston their first lead of the game two batters later, sending a single through the left side to score Nagle before a ground ball out by Josh Lopez gave the Beacons a 3-1 lead. Dan Mantoni notched the final RBI of the innings, plating Sal Frosceno on a hit to left center.
UMASS-Boston extended its lead to five in the top of the fifth, as Chris Fowler blasted a one out, two run shot over the left field fence to set the score at 6-1.
Getting two runs back in the sixth, Ariel Kenney '18 and Ryan Hardin '18 each logged an RBI for the Mammoths to make it a 6-3 game. Opening the inning with a hit by pitch and walk, Kenney capitalized on the situation and drove a single to left to score Thanopolous before Hardin put a hard ground ball into play to score Spina.
Amherst reduced its deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the inning behind three hits. Leading off, Spina registered his third home run of the season, before Kenney doubled to right and moved over to third on a passed ball. Stepping to the plate, Hardin posted a fielders choice to score Kenney.
The Beacons earned a four run cushion in the ninth, with Mantoni doubling to center to score Lopez from third and Fowler plating Mantoni on a ground ball out two batters later as UMASS-Boston secured the 9-5 victory.
Tasked with the start, Davis Brown '19 (1-2) allowed six earned runs and 11 hits while striking out three in 4.1 innings. Entering in relief, Zach Horwitz '20 pitched 3.2 innings, giving up two hits and one earned run while fanning four, while Chris Baldi '17 and Mike Dow '19 closed out the contest for Amherst.
Tossing 7.0 innings, Joey Rogers (4-0) gave up eight hits and five earned runs while fanning three in the winning effort on the mound. In relief, Chris Munro tossed 0.1 innings before Joe Maguire entered to close out the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMASS-Boston edged Amherst in hits, 14-10, and left five runners on base, while Amherst stranded 10.
- Both sides racked up four extra base hits in the matchup.
- The Mammoth pitching staff combined to allow seven earned runs and 14 hits while fanning seven and walking two, while the Beacons gave up five earned runs and 10 hits while walking five and striking out four.