AMHERST, Mass. – Before they had come to the plate in their home opener on Friday afternoon, the Amherst College baseball team found themselves down 4-0. By the end of the day, however, they had battled back to pound out 12 runs on 12 hits and defeat Westfield State 12-5 in a non-conference game at Memorial Field.
Andrew Ferrero '19 threw seven innings of two hit shutout ball while striking out nine batters and Amherst (4-5) broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh.
Harry Roberson '18 drove in five runs and scored three times in a 3-4 day at the plate, and third baseman Nick Nardone '19 drove in three runs, while Ariel Kenney '18 knocked a two-run homer to left field in the seventh.
Anthony Crowley smacked a three-run home run to right field in the top of the first for the Owls (6-7-1), who scored four runs on three walks, two wild pitches and Crowley's blast before any outs were recorded.
The Mammoths cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double by Roberson, who would go on to score on a wild pitch. They got on the board again when Joe Palmo '21 singled home Topher Brown '20 in the fourth, and then tied the game on a bases loaded walk taken by Nardone in the fifth.
Roberson knocked home two runs with a one-out single in the sixth inning, and Nardone brought in two more with a single to center as Amherst took advantage of two errors that inning (four in the game) to put up four unearned runs against Westfield State pitcher Jamie Butler (0-1), who took the loss.
With one out in the seventh, Amherst went back to work, as Kai Terada-Herzer '21 walked and went to third on a bunt single by Max Steinhorn '18. Roberson brought both of them in with a single through the right side, and then Kenney popped his second home run of the year.
Amherst will be back on their home field tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader against Fitchburg State. The first game is set for 12:00 pm, with the second to follow approximately 20 minutes later.