Baseball Sweeps Wisconsin Lutheran in Florida Doubleheader

Baseball Sweeps Wisconsin Lutheran in Florida Doubleheader

FORT MYERS – Amherst College got their first win of the year and then improved to 2-1 by sweeping a doubleheader against Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday at the Player Development Complex.

Amherst took the first of two seven-inning games 6-2 and then topped the Warriors (2-2) 5-1 in the second half of the twin bill.

The Mammoths will take tomorrow as an off day before a 4:00 pm game against Nichols on Wednesday in Port Charlotte.

Game 1: Amherst 6, Wisconsin Lutheran 2

A four-run second inning paved the way for Amherst's first victory of the year. The big blow was a Topher Brown '21 bases-clearing three run double to put the Mammoths ahead for good after Wisconsin Lutheran had taken a one-run lead in the opening frame.

Nick Nardone '19 was 3-3 at the plate and seven different Mammoths had hits on the day.

Harry Roberson '18 had an RBI double to score Max Steinhorn '18 in the bottom of the fifth, and Nardone singled him home to put Amherst up 6-1 before a KJ Banse home run for the Warrirors capped the scoring in the top of the sixth.

Davis Brown '19 earned the victory after tossing five and two-thirds innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out five.

Mike Dow '19 pitched a perfect inning and a third with two strikeouts to close out the game.

Game 2: Amherst 5, Wisconsin Lutheran 1

Zach Horwitz '20 was brilliant in relief for Amherst, throwing four innings of one-hit, no-run and four strikeout ball.

Despite five hits in the game, Amherst scored all of their runs on non-hit plays. Roberson plated Kyler Kopacz '21 in the first with a sacrifice fly, a run answered in the bottom of the inning by an RBI single by Banse.

Brown scored the eventual winning run on another sacrifice fly, this one by Ryan Hardin '18 in the top of the second. Severino Simeone '20 took a bases-loaded hit by pitch, and William Murphy walked in the next at-bat to drive home two more runs in the third.

Roberson collected his second RBI with another sacrifice fly to score Steinhorn in the sixth.

Starter Ryan Sholtis '21 provided two innings of one-run ball, and Andre Ferrero '19 threw a perfect seventh inning to seal the victory.