AMHERST, Mass. – Ariel Kenney '18 had four hits and scored three times and Sam Ellinwood '18 came off the bench to drive in four runs as the Amherst College baseball team defeated Eastern Connecticut State University 10-4 in a non-conference affair on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
The Mammoths improve to 12-7 with the victory, while Eastern Connecticut State drops to 12-10 on the year.
Kenney got things started with an RBI single through the left side and then scored on a hit by Rob Casey '20, as the home team scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and never trailed. He blasted his third home run of the year in the bottom of the third.
Ellinwood helped add to the lead after the Warriors grabbed a pair of runs in the fifth. He delivered a two-run single to right center in the bottom of the inning to reclaim a four-run advantage, and then doubled home two more runs an inning later after Nick Nardone '18 had plated Kenney with a double of his own.
Davis Brown '19 took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and, though he gave up a pair of hits and two runs, he finished out the inning with the Mammoths ahead 4-2 and improved to 4-1 on the season. Juniors Andrew Ferrero and Mike Dow combined to strike out four in four innings of relief.
The teams combined for six errors, three on either side, but Amherst had a 15-4 edge in hits.
Right fielder Anthony Stigler was 2-3 at the plate for the Warriors, and scored two of their runs. Jake LeFevre had the only RBI of the day for the visitors, scoring Stigler with a groundout to short to put ECSU on the board.
Jordan Muchin fell to 2-3 on the year for East Conn., allowing three earned runs in three innings. Nick Rascati and Sam Gagnon each threw an inning of relief without allowing an earned run.
Nardone had two hits, as did Casey and Max Steinhorn '18, who scored a run and also walked twice.
Amherst is home this Friday at 4:00 pm when they return to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play against Wesleyan. Friday's game will also be a special recognition of Pride Day by the Amherst baseball team and the athletics community.
The Warriors next play at Western Connecticut State on Tuesday at 3:30.