SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Amherst College baseball was one out away from securing a come-from-behind victory over Springfield College, but the host Pride scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and then again in the bottom of the tenth to hand the Mammoths a 5-4 loss in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon at Archie Allen Field.
The Mammoths looked poised to steal the game when they scored two runs in the top of the ninth to grab a 4-3 lead in a game they had also trailed 2-0 before tying the game with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Severino Simeone '20 singled home Kai Terada-Herzer '21 with one out in the ninth after Harry Roberson '18 had led off the inning with a single and eventually scored from second on a fielder's choice by Terada-Herzer and a throwing error.
Springfield put runners on first and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and tied the game when Chad Shade singled to right field.
They won the game in the bottom of the tenth after a Nick Leduc single to center to lead off the inning and a double to left field by Jack Cooney to plate the winning run.
Springfield got two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first using the speed of Shade, who singled to lead off the game, stole second and then scored from there on a groundout and a throwing error.
Cooney knocked a solid single to center field to score Jake Gleason to make it 2-0 Pride.
Amherst tied the game in the second thanks to solid base hits to left by Ariel Kenney '18 and Nick Nardone '19. Joe Palmo '21, who went 3-5 in the game, scored the first run of the game. Kenney (2-5) was the only other Mammoth with a multi-hit game.
Andrew Ferrero '19 settled down after a rocky first inning and tossed six innings of six-hit ball with five strikeouts and no walks.
The Mammoths had trouble getting to Springfield starter Noah Bleakley, who gave up just one hit, which was in the first inning. Between the second and fifth innings, the only Mammoth to reach base was senior Sam Ellinwood, who walked in the third but was erased trying to steal second.
Once Bleakley was removed after five innings, Amherst immediately put two runs on the board against reliever Ken Manero.
Cole Donovan, who pitched the final 1.2 innings, improved to 2-1 on the year with the win, while Zach Horwitz '20 took the loss (2-2).
Amherst will play their home finale this Saturday afternoon, a doubleheader against Trinity College. In the first game, set for 1:00 PM, the Mammoths will recognize our armed forces with Military Appreciation Day. Before the second game, Amherst will celebrate Senior Day by thanking the five members of the Class of 2018.