Amherst 11, WPI 9
Amherst, MA --- The Amherst College baseball team came out on the winning end of a back-and-forth game against WPI Thursday afternoon at Memorial Field, as the Lord Jeffs scored four times in the sixth inning to take an 11-9 lead that would hold up the rest of the way. The game was called after eight innings due to darkness.
The visitors struck first with two runs in the top of the second, but Amherst used a pair of solo homers, two doubles and two singles to storm right back with seven runs in the home half of the inning. WPI played some long ball of its own to get two runs back in the third and took a 9-7 lead in the fifth, but the Jeffs’ four-run sixth inning sealed the deal.
Senior co-captain Will Lawton (Newton, MA) went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in another to lead Amherst, with Nolan Stewart (New Canaan, CT) going 2-for-4 as the only other Lord Jeff with multiple hits. Bob Cook (Winnetka, IL), Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, NY) and Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN) each had two RBIs for Amherst. Heller increased his hitting streak to 11 games, while Lawton’s reached 10 and Cook’s moved to eight.
The Engineers were paced by a 3-for-5 performance from Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) who recorded the 100th hit of his career. Bean also scored two runs and had an RBI. Mark Dignum (Albany, NY) and Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) each had a pair of hits, while Jameson Kokolis (Manchester, NH) scored twice and drove in a pair as one of seven Engineers with an RBI on the day.
WPI pushed back with two runs off Amherst starting pitcher Ryan Healy (Westport, CT) in the third thanks to a two-run blast by Kokolis, moving him into a tie for the team lead in homers (4). The Engineers would reclaim the lead by batting around in the fifth, with four singles and three walks leading to the runs. Joyce came in for relief with the bases loaded and only one out, but he escaped with minimal damage by inducing an RBI-groundout and striking out the final batter of the inning.
Joyce cruised through the rest of the game, allowing only two hits and striking out three in 3.1 innings before handing the ball to Metz. The Jeffs rewarded their sophomore southpaw by taking the lead for good in the sixth, as Lawton’s leadoff single down the left field line was followed by three walks and a hit batsman, with a passed ball coming in between to score a run. A Wheeler RBI-groundout gave the Jeffs a 10-9 lead, and Scott Shaffer (Boulder, CO) capped the scoring by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field.
Release Courtesy Amherst Sports Information