Baseball Falls Victim to Lyons Hot Start

Baseball Falls Victim to Lyons Hot Start

AMHERST, Mass. -- #17 ranked Wheaton College pounded out 19 hits and put up five-spots in the second and fourth innings, overcoming a 2-1 Amherst College lead to hand the Mammoths a 14-7 setback in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.

Joe Palmo '21 had three hits and scored three times and Stephen Burke '21 drove in three runs but Amherst fell to 14-10 on the year with their second straight loss.

Jacob Studley drove in four runs for Wheaton, and second-baseman George Mulcahey had four hits and crossed the plate three times as the Lyons improved to 24-6.

Amherst took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Palmo and Kai Terada-Herzer '21 led off with hits and scored on an RBI groundout by Burke and a sacrifice fly by Chase Henley '19, who now has 30 RBI on the year after a pair today.

Stephen Quigley laced a two-run double down the left field line to score a pair and Jacob Studley hit a three-run home run to right field, as the Lyons took a 6-2 lead after the top of the second inning.

All five runs came with two outs and all five were unearned against Amherst starter Sachin Nambiar '22, who suffered the loss in his first collegiate decision.

Nambiar allowed seven earned runs over three and a third inning, striking out four. On the opposite side, Joe Bongiovanni improved to 4-1 for the Lyons, tossing seven innings and giving up six runs on seven hits.

The visitors added two more runs in the third on a single by center fielder Brody Ashley, then, after Burke and Henley drove in another run apiece for Amherst, continued their barrage in the top of the fourth when Nick Raposo led off with a single and Jared Sharkey followed with a two-run home run to deep center field, his team-leading tenth long ball of the year.

They broke open the inning thanks for three straight walks and a wild pitch, followed by a sacrifice fly by Studley, who went 3-5. Ashley was also 3-5 with two runs and three RBI at the top of the Wheaton order. Nick Raposo was 3-4 with a run scored and Quigley was 2-4 with two RBI and a run.

Mulcahey doubled in a run in the fifth to cap the scoring for the Lyons.

Burke scored in the fifth on a wild pitch and then drove in Palmo with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. An inning later, Nick Nardone '19 scored for Amherst on a throwing error after he had reached via an infield single.

Kyler Kopacz '21 threw two innings of scoreless relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two. Ryan Sholtis '21 worked a scoreless ninth for the Mammoths.

Weather permitting, Amherst will host Middlebury on Friday and Saturday for a NESCAC West series at Memorial Field.

Wheaton hosts MIT this weekend in a big NEWMAC tussle.