Mammoths Fall to Hamilton in Wild NESCAC Series Opener

Mammoths Fall to Hamilton in Wild NESCAC Series Opener

CLINTON, N.Y. – Amherst College fought back from a 6-1 deficit to tie the game, but saw Hamilton College turn around with six more runs in the next half inning as the Continentals defeated Amherst 18-10 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) West baseball action on Friday evening at Loop Road Complex.

Joe Palmo '21 went 2-5 with three runs batted in and Daniel Qin '22 had a pair of hits and knocked in two for the Mammoths (12-8, 3-4 NESCAC).

Ethan Wallis and Matt Zaffino had three hits each for the Continentals (12-9, 4-3 NESCAC), who took the lead with a run in the first and five more in the bottom of the fourth.

Amherst tied the game in the fifth when they scored five runs on two hits and an error. Qin singled with the bases loaded, then Palmo did the same to score two more runs with the bases juiced and two out.

The Mammoths tied the game when Stephen Burke '20 lifted a fly ball to center field that was dropped, allowing Palmo and Qin to cross the plate.

Qin singled in another run with two outs in the top of the sixth, but that cut the deficit to 12-7 after Hamilton had plated six runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Continentals took advantage of four miscues by the Mammoths in that inning, and seven errors through the game.

Amherst senior Chase Henley homered to left field in the seventh. Henley added to his team-high RBI total with 24 and now co-leads the team in homeruns, tied with Severino Simeone '20, who scored twice in the loss for Amherst.

Matt Santos '19 drove in Chris Murphy '22, who singled in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth.

Gavin Schaefer-Hood got the win for Hamilton, improving to 5-1 despite giving up six runs on four hits and five walks over five innings pitched.

Jack Harlan '20 suffered the loss for Amherst, taking the mound after Andrew Ferrero '19 tossed four innings with five strikeouts and just one free pass.

Sachin Nambiar '22 tossed one and a third innings of perfect relief with one strikeout.

The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting tomorrow at 12:00 PM.