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Red-Hot Otterbein Jumps on Amherst in Season Opener

Red-Hot Otterbein Jumps on Amherst in Season Opener

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – In the opening game of the 2018 season, Amherst College faced a streaking Otterbein College team, and the Cardinals jumped out to a 6-0 lead en route to handing the Mammoths a 16-5 defeat on Sunday.

Amherst starts the season 0-1, while Otterbein has now won five straight and improves to 9-4 on the season.

Topher Brown '21 went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Max Steinhorn '18 and Ariel Kenney '18 each had two hits on the day for the Mammoths.

The Cardinals scored six runs in the second frame after sending 12 runners to the plate and chasing Amherst starter Sam Schneider '18 after an inning and two-thirds.

Amherst pulled two runs back in the third inning. Brown singled down the right field line to score Kenney after Kai Terada-Herzer '21 crossed the plate for the first run of the year. Terada-Herzer drew a lead-off walk, advancing to third on a Kenney double and came home on a throwing error.

It would be all Otterbein as the innings progressed, opening a 9-2 lead by the fourth and then blowing the margin open with a pair of three-run frames later on. Five Cardinals had multi-hit days, led by junior Tyler Thompson reaching all five times on a pair of singles and three walks.

Joe Palmo '21 and Zach Horwitz '20 each had RBI doubles in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, for the Mammoths.

Otterbein freshman Ethan Doty, improving to 2-0 on the mound after striking out seven batters over six innings. He surrendered just two runs, both unearned, before giving way to the bullpen.

On Monday, Amherst takes to the field in Fort Myers for a double-header against Wisconsin Lutheran. First pitch of game one is slated for 12:00 pm.