WORCESTER, Mass. -- Amherst College scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth, both times via home runs, then held off Clark University for a 6-4 victory in non-conference baseball on Monday evening at Granger Field.
Severino Simeone '20 hit a three-run homer to give Amherst a 3-0 lead and Joe Palmo '21 doubled the advantage with a three-run jack in the fourth inning as Amherst (15-12-1) jumped on top of the Cougars (16-21).
It was the team-leading 5th home run of the year for Simeone, who has driven in 18 runs and scored 23 this season. Palmo, who also scored on Simeone's blast, has now hit two homers this season and leads the team with 35 runs scored.
Davis Brown '19 tossed three perfect innings for the Mammoths, striking out two. Sachin Nambiar '22 threw a perfect two frames and Mike Dow '19 struck out the side in a clean ninth for his eight save of the year.
The Cougars scored twice more in the fifth with an RBI single by Nick Jordan and a passed ball that scored catcher Ryan Rhulin.
Zach Kelley was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs for the Cougars, and he homered in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to two runs.
Clark starter Daniel Davidoff took the oss, dropping to 3-1 on the year. Davidoff allowed three runs on three hits and three walks over three innings.
Amherst will play one more non-conference game, a road contest Thursday at Fitchburg State, with first pitch at 4:00 PM.