AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College baseball team honored the members of their Senior Class, as well as America's veterans and active military on Saturday during a non-divisional baseball doubleheader against Trinity College at Memorial Field.
In between games, seniors Sam Schneider, Ariel Kenney, Max Steinhorn, Sam Ellinwood and Harry Roberson were presented with flowers and welcomed by the crowd while also celebrating their parents and family members that had supported them through their journey to and through Amherst baseball.
Prior to the opening game of the day, the Mammoths saluted their military with the presentation of the colors by the UMass Amherst ROTC color guard and a performance of the National Anthem by Amherst student Jordan Rubenstein.
On the field, the Mammoths settled for a split of the two games, falling 10-1 in the first game of the day before routing Trinity 11-1 in the second game.
Game 1: Trinity 10, Amherst 1
The Mammoths were held to just four hits while Trinity rapped out 15 of them and broke open the game with five runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead.
The first five batters reached base safely in that frame with a walk and four straight singles as Trinity went base to base and made their way through the lineup.
Mack Lauder, Mike Koperniak and Cooper Mooney all had RBI knocks in the rally, which was capped with two outs on a two-run hit by Johnny Stamatis.
Junior Erik Mohl improved to 3-4 for the Bantams with six shutout innings. Andrew Deroche threw three inning and allowed just one unearned run to earn his second save of the year.
Third baseman Tyler Buckley hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth, leading a lineup that saw the top seven players collect RBIs.
Davis Brown '19 took a tough loss for the Mammoths, giving up just one earned run over four innings of work.
Ariel Kenney '18 was the only Mammoth with multiple hits, and he scored the home team's only run after he doubled in the bottom of the ninth and crossed the plate on a throwing error.
Game 2: Amherst 11, Trinity 1
Schneider tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out seven batters to collect the victory, improving to 3-2 on the year.
Buckley led off the game with another homer, but that was all the offense Trinity would muster.
Amherst tied the game with a run in the bottom of the first on a Kenney double and then scored five times in the second to break open the game and chase Trinity starter Dan Marini (0-2).
Steinhorn drove in three runs on a laser home run to left field in the second inning and Roberson went 4-6 with three runs scored, part of a 17-hit attack for the Mammoths.
Amherst tacked on two more runs with RBI singles by Joe Palmo '21 and Ellinwood. Palmo singled home Nick Nardone '19 in the seventh inning and Chase Henley '19 hit his first homer of the year in the eighth.
The Mammoths (18-10) will host Clark University on Monday at 5:00 pm in a non-conference affair.