Four-Run Sixth Sparks Second Straight Comeback for Amherst Baseball

Four-Run Sixth Sparks Second Straight Comeback for Amherst Baseball

AMHERST, Mass. – For the second straight day, Amherst College overcame an early deficit with a timely hit as the Mammoths defeated WPI 10-7 in non-conference baseball on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.

Kai Terada-Herzer '21 hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at seven and then scored the eventual game-winning run in the same inning as the Mammoths won their third straight to improve to 9-6 on the year.

Stephen Burke '21 earned the victory on the mound with two innings of relief and also went 2-4 at the plate with three runs batted in.

Terada-Herzer and Daniel Qin '22 also had two hit games and each scored twice at the top of the Amherst lineup.

Senior Chase Henley doubled and sophomore Tyler Marshall contributed with a sacrifice fly.

Mike Dow '19 secured the save, his fifth of the year, while Carson Glazier '20 and Zach Horwitz '20 helped the Amherst staff accumulate 11 strikeouts.  

The Engineers (16-7) scored three quick runs in the top of the first and took a 4-1 lead after two against Amherst starter Sachin Nambiar '22.

Burke tripled home Terada-Herzer in the bottom of the first to put the Mammoths on the board, but WPI took advantage of a throwing error in the second to score left fielder Ryan Tropeano, who was 2-3 with two walks.

Matt Howard led off the third inning for WPI with a towering home run to center field to up the visitor's lead to 5-1.

Amherst went to work with a run in the fourth when Burke crossed the plate and then two more in the fifth, with Burke's double bringing home Qin and Joe Palmo '21.

Palmo stole a pair of bases in the win, while Tropeano stole three bases and Tyrone Patterson swiped a pair of bags for the Engineers.

After Patterson singled in two runs in the top of the sixth to reinstate a three-run lead for the Engineers, Amherst loaded the bases and Terada-Herzer took a two-out, two-strike pitch and floated it down the right field line with help from a strong wind. The speedy outfielder ended up on third to tie the game at seven, then scored the winning run on a fielding error.

Marshall plated Nardone with a sacrifice to center in the seventh and Qin brought home Severino Simeone '20 the same inning for more insurance.

Patterson went 2-4 with a walk for WPI and Austin Lindner also had two hits, a walk and a run scored. Steven Gallagher drove in two runs in a losing effort.

Amherst opens up a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) series this weekend when they host Williams on Friday at 3:30 PM at Memorial Field.

WPI begins a NEWMAC set against Clark on the road Friday at the same time.