Courtesy of Colby Sports Information
WATERVILLE, Maine - Amherst College took an early 5-0 lead and stayed alive in the NESCAC Baseball Tournament with a 5-3 victory over Bates College on Saturday at Colby College's Coombs Field.
Amherst (20-15) will play again Saturday in the fifth game of the tournament against the losing team from the Middlebury College/Tufts University game. The Mammoths will play 40 minutes after the 2 p.m. Middlebury/Tufts game ends. Bates ends its season at 16-18 after falling twice in the double-elimination tournament.
Amherst, the second seed in the NESCAC West, had lone runs in the first and third innings to get off to a good start. The Mammoths added three runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Bobcats had a lone run in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the seventh inning.
Drew Fischer allowed just two hits in six innings to earn the victory for Amherst. He had eight strikeouts, five walks, a hit batter, and three wild pitches. George Long worked the final two innings for the save, striking out two and allowing no hits or walks.
Bates relief pitcher Connor Russell kept his team in the game. He got the final out of the fourth inning and worked 5.1 innings, striking out two and walking none while allowing three hits.
Amherst's Max Steinhorn led off the game with walk and took third on a double by Harry Roberson. Yanni Thanopoulos had the first of his three RBI on the day with a ground out to second to plate Steinhorn.
Roberson was active again in the third inning, leading off with a single and stealing second base. Thanopoulos was hit by a pitch, while Anthony Spina's ground out to third advanced the runners. Ariel Kenney lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Roberson for a 2-0 lead.
The Mammoths scored three runs after Bates got the first two outs of the fourth inning. Ryan Hardin, the ninth-place hitter, singled to right field to start a rally. Steinhorn's single to right center pushed Hardin to third base. After a walk to Roberson loaded the bases, Thanopoulos singled to left field to score two runs. After a pitching change, Spina singled to left field to score Roberson with the fifth run.
Bates got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Jack Arend led off with a single and twice moved up a base on wild pitches. Asher MacDonald smacked a triple to left field to bring in the lone run of the inning.
Fischer left the game before the seventh inning and the Bobcats took advantage with two runs. Will Sylvia doubled to left to lead off the frame and scored when Ryan McCarthy also doubled to left. McCarthy moved to third on a fly out to right field and scored on an infield single by Arend.
Long worked two 1-2-3 innings in dominant fashion for the save. He struck out two and had four ground ball outs.