AMHERST, Mass. – Tallying their highest run total since 2001, Amherst College baseball picked up their second win on the season and downed Rivier University, 25-7, in non-conference action at Memorial Field Tuesday evening.
Amherst moves to 2-0 on the season while Rivier drops their eight game and moves to 2-8 overall.
The last time Amherst baseball scored 25 runs in a game came from a 25-9 win over Westfield State on April 19th during the 2001 campaign.
Frederick Kazalski got things going for the Radiers with a single to left field before a walk from Corey Cochran placed runners on first and second. After a pair of fly-outs Amherst escaped the opening inning following a ground out to the second basemen.
Tim Scott walked the first two Amherst batters to put two on with no outs before Joe Palmo bombed one deep to centerfield that cleared the fence with ease, putting the Mammoths up 3-0 early.
A couple batters later, Will Murphy poked one out to the warning track to plate Simeone, but he was thrown out at third, while Javier Irizarry singled through the right side to bring home Brown who doubled to left center.
Up 6-0 through the first, Sen Kenneally thwarted the Raiders in the second inning, striking out two and forcing a pop fly to first base for a quick inning as Amherst tallied three more with one hit on their end.
With bases loaded for Rivier in the third, Tyler Jackson brought home three runs with a double to left center before a throwing error on a pick off to first brought Jackson around for the fourth score on the game for the visitors.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kai Terada-Herzer led off the inning with a ground out to the pitcher before Tyler Marshall reached first on an error. After a single from Palmo, Stephen Burke '21 homered to plate three more runs and bring the lead to 16-4.
With four hits in the third and fourth, highlighted by a three-run homer from Burke, Amherst took a commanding 17-4 lead at the halfway point.
The Mammoths are right back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host Little Three Rival Williams at 3:00 p.m.
The Raiders threatened in the top of the sixth and had bases loaded with one out. Jackson popped the ball up to the shortstop to mark the second out of the inning before Devin Albino earned a walk after a hard-fought at-bat, cutting the deficit to 17-5.
Despite two more runs following a double to left center from Jalen Shirley, Amherst escaped the inning with a nine point lead and scored eight runs on eight hits in the bottom of the sixth to jump out to a 24-7 lead.
Neither side could score in the seventh and the Mammoths only gave up one hit in the 8th as Amherst prevailed with the dominant win.