AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College racked up nine runs in the first inning of their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) West Division baseball doubleheader with Williams College and then had to hold off the Ephs to salvage a split on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
The Mammoths held on for an 11-9 victory in game one, and then had their win streak snapped at seven with a 5-4 setback in the second game of the day.
Amherst (10-6) and Williams (3-11) will complete the three-game set tomorrow at 1:00 pm in Amherst, a game that has been moved from Williams because of field conditions.
Game 1: Amherst 11, Williams 9, 7 inn.
Amherst built an 11-0 lead with nine runs in the first inning and two more in the third but had to hold off Williams.
At the top of the Amherst lineup, Max Steinhorn '18 went 3-4 with two runs scored, Harry Roberson '18 scored three times and drove in two, and Ariel Kenney '18 drove in three runs in a 2-2 day at the plate.
Amherst pounded out 11 hits, eight of them in the first frame, while Williams collected ten hits in the game.
Right fielder Mike Stamas had three hits for the Ephs, and Doug Schaffer hit a three-run homer to right field in the top of the seventh to pull Williams to within two runs before Mike Dow '19 finally closed the door for his second save of the year.
Seve Simeone '20 and Sam Ellinwood '18 also provided RBI singles, as did Roberson and Kenney, as the Mammoths batted around in the first.
Davis Brown '19 struck out four and allowed nine hits over six innings of work for the Mammoths, who chased Williams started Kyle Dean after just two-thirds of an inning and eight earned runs given up. Jack Bohen threw five and a third solid innings of relief, striking out six and not issuing a walk.
Kenney delivered the eventual game-winning runs with a two-run double down the left field line in the bottom of the third, the only two runs allowed by Bohen.
Williams climbed back into the game with two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the seventh. Kellen Hatheway picked up RBIs in two straight innings, with a double in the fourth and an RBI groundout in the fifth.
Stamas doubled to left field to help score Jack Roberts to make it 11-6 in the top of the seventh and Schaffer's blast scored Hatheway and Stamas, though the Mammoths were able to escape when Dow induced a double play with the tying run at the plate.
Game 2: Williams 5, Amherst 4
A double to left field by Alex Panstares in the top of the eighth inning was the difference in a back and forth game that saw the Mammoths jump out to a 2-0 lead and then have to fight back to tie the game at four.
Amherst looked to start quickly again, scoring twice in the first inning on a triple to right field by first year Joe Palmo.
The visitors cut the lead in half when Adam Dulsky homered to left center in the top of the second, but Nardone doubled home Kenney in the third to restore a two-run cushion.
Williams tied the game with two runs in the fourth and got their noses in front with a Roberts sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.
Amherst scratched back a run in the bottom of the frame, which started with a double by Simeone, who eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Panstares delivered a two-out RBI double to score Frank Stola, as the Ephs used small-ball to tally the winning run in the eighth.
Andrew Ferrero '19 allowed three hits and three runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out two.
Bryan Woolley got the win for Williams, improving to 1-2 on the year after throwing two and a third shutout innings of relief.
Nardone and Palmo were each 2-3 for the Mammoths, while Stamas and Schaffer had multiple hits for the Ephs.