AMHERST, Mass. – In the Mammoths opening game of 2020, Joe Palmo '21 homered in his first at-bat as Amherst College baseball cruised past Bowdoin, 14-7, in a non-conference meeting on Monday afternoon at Memorial Field.
Starting off their season on a high-note, the Mammoths move to 1-0 and hand the Polar Bears their first loss on the year, dropping to 2-1.
Striking first, Bowdoin's Stephen Simoes singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Brendan O'Neil's single to left field brought Simoes around for the first score on the day.
Daniel Qin got things going for the Mammoths in the bottom of the first with a single to left field before Palmo laced one over the fence for a two-run homer to regain the lead for the home side (2-1). Answering just a half inning later, Matt Nakamoto homered to knot things at 2-2.
Amherst tallied three runs and three hits in the bottom of the second with Kai Terada-Herzer '21 kicking off proceedings with a single to left field after Chris Murphy was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. Qin fired a shot deep to left field that bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, which plated Murphy.
Terada-Herzer scored on a passed ball before Stephen Burke brought Qin around with a solo shot to left to give Amherst a 5-2 advantage.
Following a three-and-out on the defensive end, Amherst rattled off 6 runs in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run RBI double to deep center by Severino Simeone to go up 11-2.
After two scoreless innings, the Polar Bears finally hit the board again with a solo homerun from O'Neil and an unearned run in the top of the 6th (11-4). Both sides tallied three more runs apiece to settle the score at 14-7 and solidify the Mammoths win.
Burke, Simeone, and Murphy notched three hits, respectively, as Burke and Simeone noted three RBI's apiece. Andrew Nagel '21 received the win for Amherst with five innings pitched and only two earned runs as Sachin Mabiar came in to close out the final four innings, allowing eight hits.
The Purple & White faced six separate pitchers on the afternoon as they tallied 15 hits and 12 earned runs. Through five at-bats, O'Neil led the Polar Bears with three hits and two RBI's.
The Mammoths will be right back in action tomorrow, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. when they face Rivier University. The Polar Bears will face St. Michael's tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.