Hitters Stay Hot as Jeffs Sink Corsairs, 7-3
Contact: Matthew Hart
LAKELAND, Fla. – A Winter Storm Warning back home could do nothing to cool off the Lord Jeff bats in Florida as the Amherst College baseball team pounded out 18 hits en route to a 7-3 win over UMass Dartmouth at the RussMatt Invitational on Monday.
Improving to 3-1 on the young season, the Jeffs dropped the Corsairs to 1-4 as five different players enjoyed three-hit afternoons for Amherst. Eric West ’15 continued his hot spring as he drove in four runs and finished 3-for-5, while Nolan Stewart ’13 (double, RBI) and Mike Odenwaelder ’16 (triple, run scored) were each 3-for-4. Rookie catcher Conner Gunn ’16 laced a trio of hits for the second consecutive day as he went 3-for-5 while Dan Pillitteri ’13 (3-for-5, RBI) rounded out the list of Amherst offensive standouts.
After yesterday’s lopsided sweep of Westfield State, the Jeffs have now outscored their opponents 40-14 over four games in the Sunshine State. The Corsairs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Monday, but Amherst put up a trio of runs in the bottom half and never looked back, building a 6-1 cushion before UMass Dartmouth plated a pair of runs in the middle innings and the Jeffs closed out the scoring with an insurance tally in the eighth.
Meanwhile, Charles Nutter ’15 delivered a quality start on the mound, earning his first collegiate win as he went six-plus innings, striking out five and walking four. With the sophomore righty exiting in the seventh, the Amherst bullpen closed the door as Eric Kotin ’14 hurled two shutout frames in relief of Nutter and Cam Windham ’14 closed out the win with a scoreless ninth.
The Jeffs will look to continue their sweet-swinging ways on Tuesday with an early doubleheader against Framingham State. First pitch from Lake Myrtle Park (Field 2) is scheduled for 9:45 a.m.