Amherst sweeps baseball in NESCAC West doubleheader
The Hamilton College Continentals were swept by the Amherst College Lord Jeffs in a doubleheader and their NESCAC West Division opener at the Baseball Heaven complex in Yaphank, N.Y., on Friday.
Game one box score | Game two box score
The Lord Jeffs (11-3, 2-0 NESCAC West) won by scores of 3-1 and 9-2. The third game of the series, which was scheduled for Saturday night, was postponed and a new date has not been determined.
The Continentals (7-6, 0-2) were held to nine hits in the two games with Joe Jensen ’15 collecting three of them. Jensen, who raised his season average to .455 (20 for 44), reached base three times in the seven-inning opener. He scored Hamilton’s run, drawing a leadoff walk in the first and coming around on singles by Kenny Collins ’17 and Chris Collins ’17.
Amherst scored twice in the first with Alex Hero ’14 singling in the tying run and Mike Odenwaelder ’16 putting the Lord Jeffs ahead with a sacrifice fly. Conner Gunn ’16 singled home an insurance run in the sixth.
Fred Shephard ’14 earned the complete-game win, striking out eight and allowing just four hits and a walk. Shephard allowed only two base runners over the final six innings with Jensen leading off the third with a double and hitting a two-out single in the fifth. JJay Lane ’15 struck out three in a complete-game effort for the Continentals.
Amherst broke open game two early with six runs on five hits and two Hamilton errors in the second inning. Hero singled in two runs in Amherst’s six-run second and Anthony Spina ’17 hit a two-out home run the next inning.
The Lord Jeffs raised their lead to 9-0 before the Continentals scored single runs in the eighth and ninth. Robert Morris ’17 singled in a run to put Hamilton on the board after Zack Becker ’16 and Jensen were hit by pitches with two outs. In the ninth, Mike Chiseri '16 brought home Steve LaRochelle '14 with a sacrifice fly.
Odenwaelder and Andrew Vandini ’16 had three hits apiece for Amherst. Spina finished with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Continentals are scheduled to open their home schedule on Saturday, April 5, with a doubleheader against nationally ranked No. 24 Tufts University from the NESCAC East Division. Amherst hosts Springfield College on Wednesday in non-conference action.