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Baseball Falls, 7-2, at Amherst Friday

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

Recap Courtesy of Amherst College Athletic Communications

AMHERST, Mass. – Junior Andrew Ferrero of the Amherst College baseball team earned the win on the mound Friday, as he only gave up two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings during a 7-2 victory over Wesleyan University in Game 1 of a three-game NESCAC West Division series in Amherst, Mass.

The Cardinals received strong performances by junior Ryan Earle (2-for-4, run), senior Matt Jeye (2-for-3, run) and sophomore Chase Pratt (2-for-3, two walks). Senior Sam Ellinwood went 3-for-5 at the plate for Amherst, which held a 12-7 advantage in hits.

Wesleyan (16-9, 4-3 NESCAC West Division) took advantage of four walks in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, as Pratt tallied an RBI single, and sophomore Tanner Fulkerson drew an RBI walk with the bases loaded.

Amherst cut into the deficit with a sacrifice fly by senior Ariel Kenney in the bottom of the first to score his classmate Max Steinhorn, but still trailed until the fifth inning when senior Harry Roberson plated junior Nick Nardone with a single down the left-field line.

First-year Kai Terada-Herzer scored Ellinwood with a single up the middle in the sixth, which was the game-winning run.

Ellinwood made things happen again in the seventh, when he bunted home Roberson, and then was part of a double steal that helped sophomore William Murphy score, giving the hosts a 5-2 advantage.

Amherst pushed the lead to 7-2 in the eighth, with Nardone driving in a run with a single, and Kenney scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

Sophomore Alec Olmstead (3-2) took the loss for the Cardinals, giving up seven hits and five walks that led to three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Junior Mike Dow worked 2 1/3 shutout innings for Amherst to earn the save, his third of the year.

The teams wil continue their series tomorrow in Middletown, Conn., with a doubleheader. The first game, a seven-inning affair, will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a nine-inning second game, which is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m.