HARTFORD, Conn. – Amherst College got seven and a third scoreless innings from Andrew Ferrero '19 and scored seven runs over two innings to defeat Tufts University 9-2 in the winner's game on Day 2 of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) baseball tournament at Dibennedeto Field.
Amherst improves to 23-12 on the year and will advance to Sunday's championship game for the first time since 2015. The Mammoths will have two opportunities on Sunday to win their first NESCAC crown since 2013.
For the second straight game, Joe Palmo '21 and Sam Ellinwood '18 were key cogs in the Amherst offense.
Palmo went 4-4 at the plate with three runs scored, while Ellinwood drove in three runs in a 2-4 day at the dish.
Ellinwood drove in a run in the bottom of the second with a fielder's choice, and the Mammoths doubled their lead with an unearned run in the fourth, with Palmo coming home on a bases loaded error by the Jumbos.
Ellinwood doubled home two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and then crossed the plate himself on a wild pitch.
Ferrero improved to 4-2 on the season, giving up just three hits and striking out three, though he did issue five free passes.
Brent Greeley (5-3) took the loss for Tufts, allowing 11 of Amherst's 14 hits over the course of six innings.
Tufts got on the board with RBI singles in the top of the ninth by Nick Falkson and Malcolm Nachmanoff. Falkson was 2-4 to lead the Jumbos at the plate.
The Jumbos will play tonight's elimination game against Wesleyan, who knocked off Bates to keep their championship hopes alive. The winner of that game will have to beat Amherst twice to prevent the Mammoths from claiming the title.