WATERVILLE, Maine – The Mammoths took a one run lead into the ninth, but a walk-off single lifted the Jumbos to the win, as the Amherst College baseball team fell to Tufts, 5-4 Friday evening at Coombs Field.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 19-15 on the season, while Tufts improves to 27-7-1 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, May 13 when they face Bates at 10 a.m. in a NESCAC Championship elimination game.
First on the scoreboard, the Mammoths took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. With Ariel Kenney '18 on second base following a single and a failed pickoff attempt, Severino Tocci '20 powered a double down the left field line to score Kenney. Doubling the Mammoth lead two batters later, Nick Nardone '19 drove a two out single to left center to send Tocci home and record an RBI.
Climbing back into the game in the bottom of the fourth, Tufts notched three scores to claim a 3-2 edge. Recording two outs after back-to-back walks to open the inning, the Mammoths looked to close the inning unscathed, however a double from Harrison Frickman plated Casey Santos-Ocampo and Nick Falkson before a double by Will Shackelford gave Tufts its first lead of the contest.
Posting two extra base hits to lead off the sixth, Amherst plated two runs to retake the advantage, 4-3. First to the dish, Yanni Thanopoulos '17 doubled to left before Anthony Spina '17 sent a triple into the gap in right center to knot the score at 3-3. Plating Spina two hitters later, Tocci ripped a clutch single to center to tally what stood as Amherst's final run of the matchup.
Following two scoreless innings, the Jumbos used a two out rally in the bottom of the ninth to capture the game-tying an game-winning run as they claimed the 5-4 victory. Standing on first after being hit by a pitch, Tom Petry crossed home plate behind a double to right field by Tommy O'Hara. The next batter at the dish, Falkson came through for Tufts, rifling a walk-off single to right field that scored O'Hara.
Starting on the hill, Jackson Volle '17 pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs while striking out four. Throwing the final 4.0 innings in relief, Wilson Taylor '19 (2-3) took the loss for the Mammoths, giving up three hits and two earned runs while fanning four.
Speros Varinos threw 6.0 innings in the start for Tufts, giving up eight hits, four earned runs and striking out seven. Tossing 3.0 innings in relief, Brad Marchetti (2-1) was credited with the win, allowing just one hit and no runs while whiffing two.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst owned a 9-7 edge in hit differential and finished 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while the Jumbos went 3-for-10 with runners on second and third.
- The Mammoths logged three extra base hits and left six runners on base, while Tufts posted three doubles and stranded eight.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With a single to left center in his first at bat in the top of the first inning, senior captain Yanni Thanopoulos '17 took sole control of the Amherst baseball record for career hits (189). Heading into tonight's contest, Thanopoulos was tied for first with Taiki Kasuga '14 who tallied 187 hits during his four-year stint with the program.