Amherst Pounds Brandeis for Fourth Straight Win

Amherst Pounds Brandeis for Fourth Straight Win
AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst College rapped out 16 hits and scored runs in five of eight innings as they topped Brandeis University 14-3 on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference baseball game at Memorial Field.
 
Amherst has now won four straight games and improve to 7-5 overall, while the Judges fall to 2-9 on the season.
 
The Mammoths finished the game with 16 hits to produce their 14 runs. Seven different Mammoth players had two hits in the contest. LF Ryan Hardin '18 led the way by going 2-2 with two runs scored, four RBI and a home run. DH Ariel Kenney '18 was 2-3 with two RBI, a run scored, a double and a triple. 

Amherst scored multiple runs in their first three innings and four of the first five. Max Steinhorn '18 went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Harry Roberson '18, Rob Casey III '20, Joe Palmo '21 and Sam Ellinwood '18 all had multi-hit days.
 
Ellinwood scored three times and he and Palmo each stole a base in the win.

Brandeis scored two of their runs in the eighth when rookie 2B Tommy Sand scored on a passed ball and classmate Dan Frey drove home his team-leading 10th run of the season with a single.  

The Judges scratched out their three runs on four hits and five walks. Rookie LF Connor Sheehandrove in his first career run with a second-inning single. Trailing 3-1 after the hit, Brandeis still had the bases loaded, but the hosts turned a 6-4-3 double play to escape any further damage. 

On the mound, Amherst pitcher Zach Horwitz '20 improved to 2-0 with two hits, three strikeouts, two walks and one earned run allowed over the first three innings as five different Mammoth hurlers got into the game.

First years Andrew Nagel and Ryan Sholtis each pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Amherst.

Brandeis sophomore Kyle Shedden suffered the loss, giving up seven hits and six runs (three earned) over the first two innings. 

Brandeis returns to action on Monday, April 2, when they host Wentworth at 3:30 p.m. in their home opener. 

Amherst begins NESCAC West Division play this weekend when they host Hamilton College for a three-game set. The series kicks off on Friday at 3:30 pm with a single game, followed by a Saturday doubleheader.