Jeffs Split Doubleheader with Framingham State
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AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Nolan Stewart ’13 picked up four hits on the day as the Amherst College baseball team split a doubleheader with regional rival Framingham State on Tuesday at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. After the Rams took the opener, 4-1, the Amherst bats awoke for the nightcap as the Lord Jeffs scored 10 runs between the fourth and sixth innings, winning 11-4 to improve to 4-2 on the young season.
Stewart (2-3) was the lone Jeff with multiple hits in the forgettable opener as Framingham sophomore Ryan Bowen threw a complete game four-hitter, quieting an Amherst offense that had averaged 10 runs per contest entering the day. Robert Cahill ’14 was the lone bright spot on the mound for Amherst as the righty threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to keep the Jeffs within striking distance.
It appeared that Game Two would follow a similar story as the Rams (2-6) grabbed an early 2-0 lead and held the Amherst bats in check over the first two frames. The Jeffs scratched a run across in the third, however, before plating four in the fourth then teeing off of the Ram bullpen to the tune of five runs in the fifth and a final insurance tally in the sixth.
Stewart continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with a run scored while Brendon Hardin ’15 (2-4, 2B, RBI, SB), Taiki Kasuga ’14 (2-2, 2 RBI) and Mike Odenwaelder (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) also notched multi-hit games. Jonathan Ramirez ’16 added an extra Amherst run with a slick squeeze bunt.
On the mound, Eric Kotin ’14 delivered his second solid outing in as many days, earning the win with 2.2 innings of relief work before Adam Medoff ’13 and Cam Windham ’14 closed out the victory with a scoreless frame each.
After a day off Wednesday, the Jeffs return to action on Thursday, facing another Bay State rival, Endicott, in a 3 p.m. contest at Henley Field in Lakeland.