AMHERST, Mass. – Harry Roberson '18 laced a two-run double to left field in the third inning to break the Amherst College baseball career hits record and plate the eventual game winning runs in a 2-1 non-conference victory against Clark University on Monday afternoon at Memorial Field.
Roberson's record-breaking 191st career hit was the third straight to start the third inning. Kevin Schroeder '21 doubled to right center to begin the frame and Max Steinhorn '18 singled through the left side and then stole second to put runners at second and third.
Roberson lifted a pitch off of the left field wall to plate both Schroeder and Steinhorn and pass Yanni Thanopoulos '17, who set the mark last year during his senior season.
The Amherst pitching staff allowed just one hit on the day. Andrew Nagel '21 went five scoreless innings to earn his first collegiate win (1-1).
Dan Shaw (5-1) threw five innings and allowed four hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts, but suffered his first loss of the season.
Clark scratched out an unearned run in the top of the seventh when Zach Kelley reached first on a strikeout and a throwing error to start the inning.
The next two batters drew walks and Kelley scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Andrew Thibault.
Zach Horwitz '20 struck out the next two batters to end the threat and keep Amherst ahead by a run.
Horwitz tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and earned his second save of the year, while Ryan Sholtis '21 was charged with an unearned run in one inning pitched.
Nick Guarino threw three scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts for Clark.
Today was the final game of the year at Memorial Field for Amherst, who finishes the year with a stellar home record of (12-2).
Amherst (19-10) has four critical New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) games left, including a make-up game against Hamilton and a three-game set this coming at Middlebury College.
Clark (25-11) will begin play in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament on Friday with a 3:30 pm game against Wheaton College.