AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College pitchers tossed seven straight scoreless innings and Daniel Qin '22 hit a two-run single to center in the seventh inning to help the Mammoths come from two runs down to beat Roger Williams University 6-3 in non-conference baseball on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
Qin plated Severino Simeone '20 and Nick Nardone '19 to put the Mammoths ahead 5-3. Nardone and Simeone had both singled through the left side to lead off the inning, but Roger Williams got two outs before Qin laced the first pitch he saw into center for the game-winning runs.
Landry Mayo '19 got his first win (1-0) with a scoreless inning of relief, while Mike Dow '19 picked up his fourth save of the year. Amherst starter Wilson Taylor '19 tossed five innings of three-run ball, striking out five and not issuing a walk.
The two teams combined for 22 hits, with Nardone and RWU's Eli Camner each having three-hit afternoons. Between the two sides, eight batters were hit by pitches as well.
Nardone singled through the left side in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at three after Amherst had fallen behind 2-0 in the first and 3-1 in the second.
That rally started when sophomores Kai Terada-Herzer and Joe Palmo delivered back-to-back doubles to left center with one out in the fifth. Chase Henley '19 walked with two outs and Nardone tied the game with his 11th RBI of the year.
Palmo, who scored three times, would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when he was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Burke '21, who was 2-3.
Junior Jack Harlan went an inning and two-thirds in relief for the Mammoths, who improve to 8-6 on the year.
Danny Roth and Justin Stone singled in the first inning to give Roger Williams a 2-0 lead, but Amherst cut that deficit in half in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single by Henley.
Camner used an RBI groundout to score Tommy Hobin, who was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a single by Chris Bosco and the Hawks were ahead 3-1.
Matt Vernacatola took the loss, his first decision of the year, after allowing the two runs on four hits in two and a third innings. He was on in relief of Hawks' starter Kyle Schaefer, who went four and two-thirds and gave up seven hits and four walks, with four strikeouts.
Now on a mini-two game winning streak, Amherst will play host to WPI tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 PM before entertaining Williams College on Friday at the same time to open a three-game series with the Ephs.
Roger Williams (6-10-1) hosts Babson tomorrow at 3:30 as well.