Mammoths Suffer Late Inning Loss to Owls

Mammoths Suffer Late Inning Loss to Owls

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State senior first baseman Aaron Clancy scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, and sophomore reliever Trevor Edwards shut the door on his hometown school as Westfield State rallied for an 8-7 win over Amherst College at Bud and Jim Hagan Field in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.

Amherst led 2-0 and 6-4 in the game, the latter after a no-doubt three-run home run by senior Chase Henley, but Westfield State battled back to tie the game at seven heading to the bottom of the eighth. 

With two out and two strikes, Clancy poked a single to left field and junior catcher Jake Gibb followed with a single to center field. Clancy wheeled around second and scored on the same play when the ball was mishandled in the Amherst outfield. 

Amherst grabbed a 2-0 lead on first year Chris Murphy's RBI single in the second.  The Owls led 3-2 after scoring one in the third and two in the fourth, with Casey Boudreau knocking in one with a double. 

Murphy finished the game 4-4 with a pair of runs driven in. Nick Nardone '19 went 3-4 while Severino Simeone '20 and Joseph Palmo '21 had two hits apiece. 

Chase Henley rocketed a no-doubt, 3-run home run over the left field fence to put Amherst ahead in the top of the fifth. He tied Simeone for the team-lead with his fourth home run of the year and has a team-high 28 runs batted in. 

Westfield (17-8) scratched for a single run in the fifth to stay in contention, and then got a shutdown inning in the top of the sixth from reliever Patrick Jordan.  The Owls tallied two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a passed ball and an RBI groundout from Gibb that gave Westfield a 7-6 lead.  

The Mammoths tied the game in the top of the seventh as Simeone singled and later scored on an error, but the Owls got out of the inning on a bases-loaded double play. 

Edwards, the native of Amherst, earned his third save of the year by working around a two-out single by Murphy, who was stranded on first as the potential tying run. 

Edwards was the Owls seventh pitcher of the day on a planned staff day, with senior Scott Strachan working the eighth inning to get his third win of the season. 

Boudreau and Gibb each rapped out a pair of hits for the Owls. 

Zack Horowitz (3-2) took the loss for Amherst (14-9) while working 2-2/3 innings in relief. Horwitz allowed just an unearned run and struck out three while giving up just two hits and no walks.

Wilson Taylor '19 made the start for Amherst and tossed four innings of six-hit ball, striking out four and giving up three earned runs. 

Westfield will be back in action on Thursday with a single-game, 6:00 p.m. start at Mass Maritime to begin a three-game set with the Buccaneers in MASCAC Conference play. 

Amherst is back home tomorrow at 4:00 PM when they host Wheaton (MA) at Memorial Field in another non-league game.