FRANKLIN, Mass. – For the first time since 2015, Amherst College baseball has scored more than twenty runs in a game.
The Mammoths plated ten men in the top of the eighth inning to erase an eight-run deficit and defeat Dean College 21-14 in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Longley.
First year Daniel Qin '22 hit his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot in the top of the ninth to put the final touches on the victory and cap a day in which he went 4-6 with five runs batted in and three runs scored.
Severino Simeone '20 also hit a three-run blast in the eighth, which broke a 13-13 tie and delievered the game-winning runs.
Simeone was 3-4 with four runs scored, two walks and the three RBIs, while Stephen Burke '21 drove in four runs and scored three times.
At the top of the lineup, Kai Terada-Herzer '21 and Joe Palmo '21 combined for seven hits and seven runs scored.
Amherst took a lead on an RBI double by senior Nick Nardone in the top of the first, but Dean took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame, then led 7-3 after three and 13-5 after five, despite Burke already having singled in runs on two occasions.
Trailing 13-5, the Mammoths grabbed two back in the top of the seventh thanks to a double by Palmo and another base knock by Burke, and then their bats roared to life as they sent 15 batters to the plate in the game-changing eighth inning.
The biggest blow of the frame came off of the bat of Simeone, who blasted a three-run homerun down the left field line as part of the ten-run, eight-hit inning. Qin doubled in the first run of the inning, scoring Simeone, then Nardone took a bases loaded walk to plate the first year infielder.
Will Murphy '20 knocked in a pair of runs with a single to center field, and Amherst also scored on an error by the left fielder, a wild pitch and a balk.
Kyler Kopacz '21 scored twice over the last two innings, once on Simeone's homer and again on Qin's blast to left center, which followed another run balked in by the Bulldogs pitching staff.
Carson Glazier '20 earned the win, his first of the year (1-0) after throwing three innings of relief and giving up two unearned runs. Only half of Dean's runs were earned, while just ten of Amherst's 21 runs were, as each team made four errors.
Mike Dow '19 got the save with an inning and a third of shutout ball, striking out three.
Dean got a quality start on the mound from Jason Bottone,, who went five innings, scattering nine hits and allowing four earned runs, but he was long gone by the time the Mammoths made their move.
The Bulldogs were up 7-3 after the third inning as Brian Hadden, drove in two with a single ahead of RBI from Ben Chajet and Corey Karnila.
After Amherst closed within two at 7-5, Dean pushed six runs across in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run single by Rolando Marcano and RBI doubles from Landon Fish and Jeff Sharnick.
Dean did get a run back in the eighth on a Travis Dinsdale single.
Hadden (three RBI, two walks), Fish (two runs, two RBI) and Sharnick (three runs, two RBI) all had three hits for the Bulldogs.
The offensive output for the Mammoths marks the most runs in a game scored by Amherst since April 3rd, 2015, when they defeated Middlebury 22-2. In that win, current Amherst assistant coach Mike Odenwalder '16 went 4-6 with four RBI and three-runs scored.
The 6-3 Mammoths will play their home opener on Tuesday when they host Brandeis at 3:30 PM in a single game.
Dean falls to 2-9 and will be right back on their home field tomorrow with a 3:00 pm game against Curry.