Taylor’s Five Perfect Innings Not Enough to Hold Off Judges in Home Opener

Taylor’s Five Perfect Innings Not Enough to Hold Off Judges in Home Opener

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Wilson Taylor was perfect over the first five innings of work on Tuesday afternoon and the Amherst College baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Brandeis University fought back for a 6-4 win over the Mammoths in the 2019 home opener at Memorial Field.

The Mammoths (6-4) were held scoreless over the final six innings and Brandeis improved to 9-5 on the year despite making six errors.

Designated hitter Chase Henley '19 had three hits and drove in three of Amherst's four runs, upping his team-leading RBI total to 16 through ten games.

Henley laced a one-out single down the left field line in the bottom of the first to plate a pair of runs, as Joe Palmo '21 and Stephen Burke '21, who had both drawn walks, crossed the plate.

Burke doubled to left in the third and came around on another single by Henley, who scored himself when Rob Casey III '20 singled into center field.

Taylor struck out five batters and had gone 1-2-3 over the first five innings before Brandeis right fielder Dan O'Leary led off the sixth with a double to center field.

Connor Sheehan reached base on a bunt single to load the bases for the Judges, who then scored three runs in the inning on a passed ball, a groundout to shortstop and a single to center by shortstop Mike Khoury.

Now trailing by just a run, the Judges went to Gavin Dauer, the sixth pitcher of the day, and he silenced Amherst bats with a perfect innings, striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

Dauer (1-1) would go on to earn the win when Brandeis took the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth. Like the sixth, three of Brandeis's seven hits came in that inning, including a double to left by Luke Hall to plate third baseman Isaac Fossas and give Brandeis a 5-4 lead.

Dauer gave way to Marc Maestri, who followed suit and struck out the Amherst side in the bottom of the eighth inning. Maestri would go on to pitch a perfect ninth as well and earn his first save of the year.

Taylor ended up with two earned runs over five and a third innings, giving up just two hits and one walk to go with his five strikeouts. Zach Horwitz '20 took the loss for the Mammoths (1-1), while Jack Harlan '20 struck out the side in the top of the ninth, though allowed an unearned insurance run to the Judges.

Amherst managed eight hits in the game, three of them by Henley and two by Severino Simeone '20, who also walked once.

The Mammoths begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play next, travelling to Wesleyan on Friday for a single game at 4:00 PM before hosting the Cardinals Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 PM.

Brandeis begins University Athletic Association (UAA) play with four games at Emory this weekend.