KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Amherst College was one out away from a victory over #12 Southern Maine on Friday evening at Osceola Heritage Park, but the Huskies rallied to score two runs with two outs in the ninth inning and hand the Mammoths a 6-5 defeat in non-conference Spring Break baseball.
Amherst (4-2), who had won four straight entering the day, plated all five runs in the top of the third, taking a 5-3 lead and holding the advantage until the final batters of the game.
The Mammoths had eight base hits in the game, all by different members of the lineup, though the only extra base knock was a double by Daniel Qin '22 to lead off the third.
Qin would score on a wild pitch and the next two batters, Kai Terada-Herzer '21 and Joe Palmo '21 drew walks, then scored on base hits to the outfield.
Two batters later, Nardone and William Murphy '20, who had reached on a fielder's choice, both came home on an error and after the dust settled, Amherst led 5-3.
Starter Andrew Ferrero '19 protected that lead for five and two-thirds innings. He surrendered just one earned run and struck out three batters before handing the ball to Zach Horwitz '20, who fanned two and gave up just one hit in a scoreless inning and a third.
Southern Maine grabbed the lead with three runs in the second, with the big blast coming on a home run to left field by Zach Quintal that scored two.
Quintal scored again in the fifth after drawing a walk and stealing second to cut the Amherst lead in half. It stayed that way until the ninth, when Andrew Olszak ripped a one-out double to left field against Amherst closer Mike Dow '19, who suffered his first loss of the year (0-1).
Dow got Andrew Hillier to strike out swinging, but Dylan Hapworth was able to tie the game with a single to center field.
Hapworth stole second and two batters later, Devin Warren scored him with a walk-off single to center.
Henry Curran (1-0), who threw a scoreless top of the ninth and struck out the side earned the win for the Huskies (2-1). Starter Dalton Rice went six and two-thirds innings and was on the hook despite striking out eight.
Amherst finishes their southeast swing this evening with a doubleheader against Anderson (Ind.). Game one is set for a 3:15 PM first pitch.