Amherst completes belated baseball sweep
The Hamilton College Continentals lost 8-2 to the nationally ranked No. 24 Amherst College Lord Jeffs in a NESCAC West Division game played at the College of St. Rose's Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany on Wednesday night.
The Lord Jeffs (22-5, 8-1 NESCAC West) swept the three-game series. They won the first two games on March 28 on Long Island. The Continentals (9-12, 2-7) fell behind 8-0 and were held to one hit over the first five innings.
The division-leading Lord Jeffs took a 1-0 lead after just two batters. Yanni Thanopoulos ’17 walked, stole second and scored on a single by Andrew Vandini ‘16. Amherst then broke the game open with three second-inning runs. Dave Cunningham ’16 scored on a sacrifice fly by Thanopoulos, Vandini drew a bases-loaded walk and Taki Kasuga ’14 singled home Brendon Hardin ‘15.
Keenan Szulik ’16 remained unbeaten (4-0) on the mound, allowing one hit over five scoreless innings. Four Amherst relievers combined to strike out seven batters over the final four innings.
Thanopoulos, whose two-run single put the Lord Jeffs up 6-0 after three innings, drove in three runs. Alex Hero ’14 and Cunningham both had two of Amherst’s nine hits. In the fourth, Hero doubled in a run and came around to score on a wild pitch.
Joe Jensen ’15 scored both runs for the Continentals and Robert Morris ’17 drove him in on both occasions. Jensen led off the sixth inning with a single, stole second and scored one batter later when Morris doubled to right center.
Jensen beat out an infield single to open the eighth inning and stole his 19th base before moving to third on a wild pitch. Morris followed with a run-scoring ground ball to second base.
Hamilton closes out its NESCAC West Division schedule this weekend at Williams College. The three-game series starts with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Amherst travels to Wesleyan University for a three-game set. The two teams are tied atop the West Division standings.