WATERVILLE, Maine – Late inning runs lifted the Mammoths to victory in their doubleheader against the Mules, as the Amherst College baseball team swept Colby, 3-0 and 8-4, in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Coombs Field.
With the sweep, Amherst closes the regular season with a 19-14 overall record, while Colby falls to 10-25-1. Amherst returns to action on Friday, May 12 when they take the field against Tufts at 7 p.m. for Game One of the NESCAC Championship.
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 3, Colby 0
In an evenly matched contest, neither side was able to plate a run through the first six innings, however a big three run push by the Mammoths in the top of the seventh lifted the visitors a 3-0 win.
Putting a runner on first following a Colby error to leadoff the seventh, Yanni Thanopolous '17 capitalized on the opportunity and drove a double down the right field line to plate Harry Roberson '18 and give Amherst a 1-0 edge. Chase Henley '19 extended the Mammoth's lead to 3-0 three batters later, as he powered a two out single to left field to score Thanopolous and Severino Tocci '20.
Stranding six on base, the Mules also racked up four hits in the game, with Ben Coleman, Matt Garcia, Andrew Sterup and Matt Mitchell accounting for the three singles and double.
Starting on the mound for Amherst, Drew Fischer '18 tossed 4.0 innings, allowing one hit, no runs and striking out five. Entering in relief for the final 3.0 innings, Sam Schneider '18 (2-1) earned the win, giving up three hits, no runs, and whiffing one.
Brooks Parker (0-6) threw 6.2 innings for the Mules, allowing four hits, no earned runs and striking out four, while Jackson Ward pitched the final out of the contest on the hill.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 8, Colby 4
Amherst jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in game two, taking advantage of a Mule error on a fly ball by Kenny and plating two runs in the top of the first.
Responding in the second, Colby deadlocked the score at 2-2 behind three hits and two Mammoth errors. Taking to the dish with runners on first and second, Grant Lowensohn ripped a single to right to move the runners over a bag before a error by the centerfielder scored William Wessman. George Schmidt tallied an RBI for the Mules a batter later as he sent a deep fly ball to right that allowed Lowensohn to tag up from third.
Colby took its only lead of the day in the fourth, as Coleman sent a single to center with runners on the corners to plate Lowensohn.
The Mammoths regained the lead in their next at bat, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth to claim a 4-3 edge. Both runs came after back-to-back outs to start the inning, with Thanopoulos notching a double before Spina sent him home with a triple to right field.
Evening the score once again, Colby plated the tying run in the sixth after an Amherst error, however a three run inning by the Mammoths in the eighth and an insurance run in the ninth lifted the visitors to the 8-4 victory.
Kenney tallied what stood as the game-winning run with an RBI double to left before a sacrifice bunt by Will Murphy '20 and a Sam Ellinwood '18 single set the score at 7-4. The final run of the contest came in the top of the ninth as Spina launched a sacrifice fly to deep center field to score Roberson.
Wilson Taylor '19 threw 3.2 innings in the start for the Mammoths, allowing seven hits, one earned run and fanning two, while Zach Horwitz '20 tossed 2.1 innings and gave up three hits and no earned runs. Andrew Ferrero '19 (4-1) was credited with the win, allowing just one hit in 1.2 innings, while Chris Baldi '17 and Mike Dow '19 combined to close out the contest.
Tasked with the start for the Mules, Taimu Ito pitched 5.0 innings, giving up five hits, one earned run and striking out three, while Emery Dinsmore (2-4) gave up two hits and two earend runs in 2.1 innings in the losing effort on the mound. Ward and Daniel Schoenfeld threw the final 1.2 innings on the hill.