MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan baseball team (6-8, 1-0) downed Little Three rival Amherst 4-2 in its NESCAC opener on Friday evening.
Amherst twice cut the deficit to a single run after falling behind 2-0, but couldn't overcome five errors against the Cardinals.
With runners on second and third in the bottom of the first, Wesleyan's Adam Geibel singled through the right side to drive in Alex Cappitelli for the 1-0 early lead.
In the top of the second, the Mammoths (6-5, 0-1) had a chance to knot the game with runners on first and third, but Wesleyan's Kelvin Sosa battled back, striking out three-straight to end the inning and preserve the lead.
The Cardinals extended their advantage in their half of the inning when Johnny Corning crossed home on a single by Cappitelli, making it 2-0.
Amherst threatened in the top of the third with the bases loaded, but were unable to plate a run, leaving all three runners stranded.
The Mammoths led off the fourth with a homer by Will Murphy '20, cutting the deficit to one (2-1).
The Cardinals increased the advantage to 3-1 in their half of the inning. Cappitelli singled, before advancing to second on a wild pitch and touching home on an error.
Amherst again cut the deficit to one and threatened to take the lead in the top of the sixth. Severino Simeone '20 doubled to center to drive in Stephen Burke '21, putting the tying run on third and the go ahead run on second, but Wesleyan was able to thwart the chance with two-straight outs to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jamie Mills reached on a fielder's choice, while Johnny Corning advanced to second on an error. Cappitelli then hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Mills and Corning. Later, a failed suicide squeeze resulted in a double play, but Corning scampered home from third after a throwing error to make it 4-2.
Amherst was held scoreless in the final two innings, as Wesleyan held on for the victory.
Sosa went the distance for Wesleyan, allowing just two runs on four hits over five innings while striking out five to pick up the win. Pat Clare earned the save for the Cardinals, throwing four innings of scoreless relief, while striking out four.
Cappitelli went 2-2 with an RBI, Danny Rose went 2-3 with a double, while Geibel went 2-4 with an RBI and Mills recorded two RBI.
Andrew Ferrero '19 suffered the loss for Amherst, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits, while striking out three over six innings of work. Carson Glazier '20 threw an inning and two-thirds of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Murphy hit a homer and recorded an RBI, while Simeone had a double with an RBI for the Mammoths, who didn't have any player record more than one of their six hits.
The Mammoths will host Wesleyan in a doubleheader to close out the three-game series. First pitch is tomorrow at 1:00 PM at Memorial Field.