Baseball Drops Series Opener to Little Three Rival Amherst

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Amherst 11, Wesleyan 1
Records: Wesleyan (16-12, 4-5 NESCAC); Amherst (15-11, 7-3 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Dresser Diamond)
Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 4:00 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University baseball team dropped the opening game of a three game series to Little Three rival Amherst, 11-1, on Friday afternoon at Dresser Diamond. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Mammoths put two runners on with no outs in the second, but Mike McCaffrey '19 would strike out the next three batters to get out of the inning.
  • Severino Tocci doubled to right-center and would score on a single by Harry Roberson to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. Ariel Kenney later tripled to right-center on a ball just out of the reach of Andrew Keith '19, who just missed making a diving catch, to plate two more runs and give Amherst a 3-0 lead in the third.
  • Ryan Hardin scored to put the Mammoths up 4-0 in the fourth. The visitors would then load the bases, but McCaffrey would induce a double play ball from Yanni Thanopoulos to get out of the inning.
  • Alec Olmstead '20 took the first pitch he saw from Drew Fischer in the fourth, and put it over the left center field fence for his first collegiate home run, to bring the Cardinals to within three runs.
  • Kenney notched his third hit of the game, as his single to left scored Anthony Spina and put the Mammoths up 5-1.
  • Roberson hit a fielder's choice that scored Tocci, and put the visitors up by five in the sixth inning.
  • A four run seventh put Amherst up 10-1.
  • The Mammoths added another run on a passed ball to go ahead 11-1 in the eight, and that would be the final run of the game as the visitors claimed game one of the three game series, 11-1.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • McCaffrey went four innings, allowing three earned runs and struck out four.
  • Ellis Schaefer '17 led Wesleyan with two hits on the day.
  • Fischer went five innings for the visitors, allowing two hits, one run while striking out six. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

UP NEXT:

  • The Little Three rivals will conclude their series in Amherst Mass. tomorrow in a double-header. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. and game two will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

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