Cook Shuts Down Hamilton As Baseball Wins Ninth Straight
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CLINTON, N.Y. - Bob Cook ’13 surrendered just two hits and did not allow an earned run in seven innings as the Amherst baseball team extended its win streak to nine with a 4-1 victory over NESCAC rival Hamilton.
Having won 10 of their last 11 games since Spring Break, the Jeffs improved to 17-5 overall and remain undefeated in league play (7-0). Hamilton, which also hosts tomorrow’s doubleheader with Amherst beginning at 12 p.m., fell to 11-17 (2-5 NESCAC West).
After giving up a run in the bottom of the first, Cook settled in, retiring 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. Striking out five while issuing just one free pass, Cook only allowed four batters to reach base en route to his third win of the season. Charles Nutter ’15 tossed a pair of shutout innings in relief giving up one hit.
Trailing 1-0 thanks to a Bridenbeck RBI ground out in the first, Amherst looked to get something going in the top half of the third. Quinn Saunders-Kolberg ’14 got things started with a single through the left side before advancing to third on an Andrew Vandini ’16 grounder to third. A Brendon Hardin ’15 base-knock put runners on the corners, before Taiki Kasuga ’14 singled to center to plate the Jeffs’ first run.
Looking for more, first-year Mike Odenwaelder led off the fourth with an infield single before swiping second. Moving to third on a wild pitch, the first-year eventually came home on a passed ball to give Amherst the lead. With two outs in the sixth, the visitors added to their tally, plating two more runs. Reaching on a hit-by-pitch, Danny Pillitteri ’13 stole second before moving to third on a wild pitch. Coming around on a throwing error, Pillitteri made it 3-1 before a Vandini single to right scored Saunders-Kolberg, who reached on a walk.
Odenwaelder went 3-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Jeffs, while Vandini finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Saunders-Kolberg, Kasuga, Hardin and Alex Hero accounted for the rest of Amherst’s nine hits. Joe Jensen ’15, Gabe Klein ’13 and Ben Goffin ’15 registered the three Continental hits.
Alex Pachella ’15 allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5.2 innings, while Andrew Jaffoni ’15 gave up a pair of hits in two innings of work.