WATERVILLE, Maine – The sides were evenly matched through the first seven innings, however a big four run eighth by the Polar Bears proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College baseball team fell to Bowdoin, 8-4 Friday afternoon at Coombs Field on the Colby College campus.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 17-14 on the season, while Bowdoin improves to 15-17 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, May 6 when they battle Colby in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
Scoreless through the first two innings, both the Mammoths and the Polar Bears got on the board in the third, tallying two runs apiece to deadlock the contest at 2-2.
With runners on the corners and two outs, Amherst was first to strike, as Chase Henley '19 crossed home following an error by the Bowdoin pitcher. Next at the dish, Harry Roberson '18 made it a 2-0 game as he drove a ground ball up the middle to plate Max Steinhorn '18 from second.
Responding immediately, the Polar Bears evened the score in the bottom of the third, rallying after opening the inning with back-to-back outs. Recording Bowdoin's third consecutive single following hits by Cody Todesco and Ejazz Jiu, Brandon Lopez powered a line drive to right field to plate Todesco before an error by the Amherst shortstop on a failed pickoff attempt scored Jiu.
Holding the Mammoths scoreless in the fourth, the Polar Bears took their first lead of the outing in the bottom of the inning, as Eric Mah sent a hard hit ball into play to force an Amherst error and score Evann Dumont-LaPointe who led off the inning with a single to short.
The teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh, with Yanni Thanopolous '17 scoring after ripping a leadoff single to center field and Sean Mullaney successfully laying down a sacrifice bunt to plate Jack Wilhoite following his double to deep center.
Amherst notched three straight singles in the eighth to tie the score at 4-4, with Roberson and Thanopolous sending hits to center and left field, respectively, to land on first and second with Anthony Spina '17 coming to the dish. Capitalizing on the opportunity, Spina rocketed a ground ball through the left side to send Roberson home.
The Polar Bears exploded for four runs in the bottom of the inning and held the Mammoths scoreless in the ninth to capture the 8-4 victory. Racking up three hits in the at bat, Sawyer Billing and Wilhoite were the RBI getters for Bowdoin, with each hitter posting a single to plate Bjorn Hansen and Lopez.
Tossing 4.0 innings in the start for Amherst, Jackson Volle '17 gave up four hits and one earned run and struck out five. Entering in relief, George Long '17 allowed one hit and one earned run in 3.0 innings, while Mike Castiglie '17 (1-2) and Andrew Ferrero '19 combined to close out the final inning of play.
Tasked with the start, Brandon Lopez allowed eight hits and three earned runs and fanned three in 7.0 innings, while Colby Lewis (4-3) pitched the final two innings, giving up no hits, no runs and striking out two in the winning effort for Bowdoin.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Thanopolous led the Mammoths at the dish, finishing with a game-high three hits in four at bats in addition to tallying a run. Roberson went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the contest, while Spina finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.
- Going 2-for-4 at the plate with one run and one RBI, Wilhoite led the Polar Bear offense, while Dumont-LaPointe finished with a game-leading two runs.
- Both sides registered eight hits in the outing, with Bowdoin leaving three runners on base and Amherst stranding seven.
- Ryan Hardin's '18 double stood as the lone extra base hit for the Mammoths, while Wilhoite and Hansen each logged a double for the Polar Bears.