KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Amherst College baseball team will come home from their Spring Break trip to Florida with a 5-3 record after a split of today's doubleheader against Anderson University (Ind.).
The Mammoths won the second game by an 11-3 score after falling 3-2 in the first game of the day.
Game Two: Amherst 11, Anderson 3
Amherst scored five runs in the second inning, and opened up a 7-0 run after two frames to run away with their final game in the Sunshine State.
Stephen Burke '21 drove in four runs, including three of them on a home run to left field, his first collegiate long-ball. Burke also pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief, surrendering just one hit and striking out four.
The Mammoths made the most of their opportunities, collecting ten runs batted in on nine base hits. Nick Nardone '19 and Chase Henley '19 each drove in three runs, with Nardone going 3-4 at the plate and scoring twice.
Henley drove home Joe Palmo '21 and Kai Terada-Herzer '21 with a single to left field in the bottom of the first to start Amherst's production in support of Andrew Nagel '21, who improved to 2-0 after striking out six over four and a third inning.
Palmo was 1-1 with three walks and scored all four times he was on base. Nardone plated a pair with a single in the bottom of the second, then he and Palmo came home when Burke went yard off of Anderson starter Andrew Rolfson (1-1), who allowed nine earned runs on five hits and six walks over three and a third innings.
The Mammoths tacked on a single run in the third when Kyler Kopacz '20 walked and scored on a wild pitch, two more in the fourth on RBI singles by Burke and Henley, and one more in the sixth when Nardone doubled home Palmo.
Zach Horwitz '20 wrapped things up with a perfect seventh inning in relief.
Game One: Anderson 3, Amherst 2
Kopacz and Henley each homered to left field to tie the game for Amherst, but the Ravens got the game-winning run when Johnathan Willoughby singled home center fielder Thomas Parker in the bottom of the fifth.
Kopacz tied the game at one in the top of the third, offsetting a first-inning RBI single by Chuck Kidd that scored Parker to give Anderson the lead.
The Ravens took the lead back their next time at-bat, as shortstop Nick Jones took advantage of three successive Amherst errors to score an unearned run. Amherst made four miscues and had just six hits in the game, while Anderson had seven hits and didn't make an error.
Henley's first home run of the year in the next half-inning put things all-square at 2-2 for the moment, but Anderson scored the eventual winning run on a hit by pitch, a throwing error and a single off of Jack Harlan '20, who took the loss.
The Mammoths will return home and prepare for their opener at Memorial Field, which will take place Friday, March 22nd when they host Dean at 3:30 PM.