AMHERST, Mass. – Brandishing rainbow armbands and with the Amherst Allies flag flying at Memorial Field, the Amherst College baseball team defeated Wesleyan University 7-2 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup on Friday afternoon.
The Mammoths were celebrating their 2nd annual Pride Game, "a day for Amherst to celebrate who we are and to embrace our LGBTQ students, faculty and staff."
In addition to celebrating inclusion, the Mammoths honored their softball team for participating in the 2017 College Softball World Series. Members of the softball team, accompanied by Amherst President Biddy Martin, threw out the first pitch before the National Anthem was performed by Amherst student-acapella group The Sabrinas.
Once the game got started, Amherst (15-7, 5-1 NESCAC) got six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball from Andrew Ferrero '19 and overcame a 2-0 deficit to claim the important first-game of this three-game weekend series. Ferrero got the win to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Sam Ellinwood '18 went 3-5 at the plate for Amherst, who outhit the Cardinals 12-7.
Wesleyan (16-9, 4-3 NESCAC) took advantage of four walks in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, but were stymied the rest of the way. In the middle of the lineup, Ryan Earle, Matt Jeye and Chase Pratt each had two hits, but the rest of the batting order was just 1-23.
On the flip side, seven different batters had hits for Amherst, and seven different players scored runs. Amherst cut into the deficit with a sacrifice fly by Ariel Kenney '18 to score his classmate Max Steinhorn, but still trailed until the fifth inning when Harry Roberson '18 plated Nick Nardone '19 with a single down the left field line.
First year Kai Terada-Herzer scored Ellinwood with a single up the middle in the sixth, the eventual game-winning run.
Ellinwood made things happen again in the seventh, when he bunted home Roberson and then was part of a double steal that helped Will Murphy '20 score.
Nardone singled in a run in the bottom of the eighth, and Kenney scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
For the Cardinals, Pratt singled in the first run of the game and Tanner Fulkerson took a bases-loaded walk to bring home Jeye. Alec Olmstead took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year after giving up seven hits and five walks that led to three runs in five and a third innings of work.
Mike Dow '19 worked two and a third shutout innings for Amherst to earn the save, his third of the year.
The teams will continue their series tomorrow in Middletown, Connecticut with a double-header. The first game, a seven-inning affair, will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by a nine-inning night cap.