MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Taking to the field at Dresser Diamond against Little III rival Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon, the Amherst College baseball team split the day, 7-4 and 6-9 to earn a 2-1 series win over the Cardinals.
With the split, Amherst moves to 16-8 on the season and to 6-2 in league action, while Wesleyan moves to 17-10 overall (5-4 NESCAC West). Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Sunday, April 22 when they travel to Wheaton for a 1 p.m. non-conference clash.
GAME ONE: Amherst 7, Wesleyan 4 (7 innings)
Jumping out to a 1-0 lead, Ariel Kenney '18 drilled a single to right in the top of the first to send Max Steinhorn '18 home from third, before a Cardinal error in the second allowed two more Amherst runs to cross home to make it 3-0.
After three quiet innings, the Mammoths tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-0 edge, with Steinhorn ripping a two-out single up the middle with the bases loaded to score William Murphy '20 and Harry Roberson '18 before a big error by the Cardinals' catcher allowed Amherst to plate two more runs in the seventh.
Wesleyan made a comeback bid in their final at bat, with a Chase Pratt hit by pitch and singles by Danny Rose and Andrew Kauf adding four runs to the board, but the effort proved too little too late as the Mammoths held on for the 7-4 victory.
Tossing 6.1 innings, Davis Brown (5-1) earned the win for Amherst on the mound, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out one, while Mike Dow earned his fourth save of the season. Mike McCaffrey (2-3) took the loss for the Cardinals, giving up five runs on seven hits.
GAME TWO: Amherst 6, Wesleyan 9
The second game of the twinbill saw the Cardinals come out firing, as a Kauf hard hit single to third plated a run in the first before Rose powered a single to left to make it 2-0 Wesleyan after two.
Amherst began to claw back into the contest in the fifth, with Chase Henley '19 doubling to right field to send Roberson home and score the Mammoths first run.
Taking a 4-2 lead in their next at bat, Nick Nardone '19 followed back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt to open the sixth with a single up the middle to tally two RBI. Next at the plate, Roberson came through for the Mammoths, sending a single to left to score Nardone.
A big seven-run eighth inning by the Cardinals proved to be the difference maker, as the home team held Amherst to two runs in the ninth to clinch the 9-6 victory.
Six pitchers saw the mound for Amherst, with David Brinkley '19 (0-2) taking the loss after allowing two runs on one hit in 0.1 innings. Sam Schneider '18 tossed 6.1 innings in the start for the Mammoths, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two.
Kelvin Sosa threw 5.1 innings in the start for Wesleyan, while Ryan Earle (2-0) earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings in relief.