Baseball Mounts Two Comebacks, Walks Off Against Pointers

Baseball Mounts Two Comebacks, Walks Off Against Pointers

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Amherst College scored three times in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete their second comeback of the day and walk off with a 6-5 victory over Wisconsin Stevens-Point on Thursday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Field.

William Murphy '20 singled home Nick Nardone '19 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after the Mammoths had tied the game on a two-run homer to right field by Joseph Palmo '21.

Palmo was on base three times with two walks and Nardone scored twice and also drew a pair of base on balls.

The Pointers jumped out to an early lead with two unearned runs in the third inning off of Amherst starter Landry Mayo '20, who went three innings and earned a no-decision.

Each team rapped out nine base hits, and the squads took a combined 13 walks.

Another sacrifice fly by Aaron Simmons added another run for Stevens Point in the top of the fourth, then Amherst began their comeback in the bottom of the frame when first year Daniel Qin doubled to right field to score Murphy, who led off with a walk.

Qin was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored, as he crossed the plate on a single through the left side by Nick Nardone in the seventh to pull the Mammoths back to within a run (3-2).

Stephen Burke '21 kept things going with a single to third base and Chase Henley '19 singled up the middle to score Nardone and tie the game at three.

After singles by Payton Nelson and Ryan Stanicek with one out in the ninth, the Pointers took a 5-3 lead on a double steal and a throwing error, followed by a sacrifice fly by shortstop Will Iloncaie.

Terada-Herzer led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left field, then Palmo hit Amherst's first home run of the season to tie the game at five.

Nardone drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Murphy plated the winning run on an infield single to second base.

Zach Horwitz '20 earned the win (1-0), tossing the final two-thirds of an inning. Carson Glazier '20 threw five and a third innings of relief, striking out six and allowing just two hits and one run.

Zach Miller (0-1) took the loss for the Pointers (0-1). Cale Cuddie went the first four innings, giving up just one hit and one run. Cuddie struck out seven but also issued six walks.

Amherst will play Southern Maine at 6:00 PM tomorrow evening in a rematch of last year's NCAA baseball regional game won by the Huskies.