WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Andrew Ferrero '19 threw a complete game shutout and Amherst College jumped on top of Williams College in both ends of a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) doubleheader as the Mammoths swept the Ephs on Saturday afternoon at Cole Field.
Ferrero struck out six over seven innings of four-hit ball as Amherst won the first game 7-0, before using a four-run second inning to earn an 8-4 victor in Game 2.
Amherst improves to 11-6 on the year and 3-2 in NESCAC West play. Williams (12-3, 0-2 NESCAC) had come into the day on a seven-game win streak and was recently ranked #6 in New England.
Game 1: Amherst 7, Williams 0
Stephen Burke '21 scored three times, including as one of the runs to cross the plate on a two-run single by Henley in the top of the first.
Burke and Brown each doubled to left field in the top of the third as Amherst doubled their advantage to 4-0.
Henley doubled in Burke and Joe Palmo '21, who scored for the second time, in the top of the fourth to double his RBI total for the day. Brown recorded his second two-bagger of the day in the top of the fifth when he drove in Severino Simeone '20 in the fifth.
Ferrero picked up his first win of the year (1-2) after walking just one batter and not allowing any extra-base hits.
John Lamont (1-1) took the loss for Williams. Lamont didn't make it out of the fourth, walking five batters and allowing six runs, four of them earned.
Game 2: Amherst 8, Williams 4
Amherst fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth but put up a four-spot in the bottom of top of the next inning when they scored four runs on three hits and two errors. Brown got things started with another double to score Henley and Amherst added runs on an RBI groundout by Simeone, a single through the right side by Daniel Qin '22 (2-4 with 2 RBI) and a groundout by Kai Terada-Herzer '21.
Henley continued his barrage with a triple to left center to bring home Burke in the third as Amherst build a lead for Davis Brown '19, who improved to 2-1 with a 6.1 inning effort, striking out a pair.
Brown was 2-3 with two runs scored, Henley added three more hits and Burke and Palmo each went 2-5.
Terada-Herzer and Burke had RBI hits in a three-run sixth inning to pad the Amherst advantage. Qin started the rally when he brought home Brown with a sacrifice fly after he led off the inning with a walk then went to third on a single by Simeone.
Erik Mini drove in two runs while Eric Pappass went 4-5 with two runs scored for the Ephs. Kellen Hatheway hit a two-run homer in the seventh in a losing effort.
The teams will finish the three-game set tomorrow at 1:00 PM with a home game for Amherst at Memorial Field.