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.
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.