PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – With a 5-2 victory over Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon, Amherst College secured a split of their day in Florida and secured the 200th victory for Head Coach Brian Hamm.
Hamm is now 200-103 in his ninth season with the Mammoths, and he is the quickest coach in both program and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) history to reach the 200 win plateau.
Game 2: Amherst 5, Susquehanna 2
Joe Palmo '21 was 3-5 to lead a 13-hit Amherst attack that took the lead with a run in the second inning and two runs in the third and never looked back.
Severino Simeone '20 got things started with an RBI single to left to score William Murphy '20 in the second. Max Steinhorn '18 and Ariel Kenney '18 crossed the plate in the third, the latter on a base knock by Nick Nardone '19.
Palmo got involved in the last two frames, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Harry Roberson '18 in the top of the eighth and adding another insurance run with an RBI single to score Nardone in the final inning.
Michael Cortelli '20 tossed five and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, allowing just two hits to 23 batters faced. Andrew Ferrero '19 earned his first save of the year by pitching the final two-thirds of an inning.
Game 1: Marietta 10, Amherst 3
Kenney went 3-4 at the dish with a home run and two runs scored, but Marietta pounded out 14 hits, 12 of them against Mammoths starter Sam Schneider '18.
By the time Kenney homered to left field in the bottom of the fourth, Marietta was ahead 4-1.
Jonathan Pingree was 4-4 and Geoff Snyder went 3-3 for the Pioneers, and Shane Fetsko drove in three runs, two of them with a triple in the second inning. Pingree homered to left in the seventh, while Snyder knocked a two-run double to close the scoring in the ninth.
The Mammoths have one more game in Florida, a 9:30 AM contest on Sunday against Denison at North Charlotte Park.