Jeffs Drop Showdown With Dartmouth, 8-1

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst baseball team dropped to 20-9 on the season after suffering an 8-1 loss to Division I Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon.

Mike Odenwaelder ’16 went 2-for-3 to lead the Jeffs offensively, while Jonathan Ramirez ’16, Travis Strickler ’16 and Brendon Hardin ’15 each finished 1-for-2. Nolan Stewart ’13 drove in the Purple & White’s only run with a two-out RBI single in the sixth as Amherst stranded nine runners on the day.

The Big Green’s Ennis Coble ’13 enjoyed a 2-for-4 outing with an RBI and run scored, while Matt MacDowell ’15 finished 2-for-2 with two RBI. Joe Purritano ’16 and Ryan Toimil ’14 each went 2-for-3 with the duo combining to score three runs.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the second inning, MacDowell ripped a double into the right centerfield gap to plate the game’s first two runs. The following inning, Dustin Selzer ’13 drove in another run with an RBI groundout before a wild pitch allowed Coble to come home, making it 4-0.

After Dartmouth added to the margin with an RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth, Amherst looked to get something going in the top half of the sixth inning. Alex Hero ’14 led off the frame with a single to center before Bob Cook ’13 drew a walk to put two aboard. Battling back, reliever Mike Dodakian ’14 induced a double play, but Stewart came up with a big two-out hit after an Odenwaelder walk to put the visitors on the board.

Answering in the bottom half of the frame, Dartmouth pushed across three more runs on two hits. Toimil and MacDowell got things started with back-to-back singles before Shane Ogren ’14 reached on an error that allowed two runs to score. Coble brought in the Big Green’s final run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Amherst starter John Cook suffered just his second loss of 2013 (5-2), giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 3.0 innings, while Eric Kotin ’14 surrendered three runs on three hits. Sophomore lefthander Adam Frank tossed four shutout innings, giving up three hits, while Dodakian earned the win, allowing a run on two hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Wednesday, May 1 with a doubleheader at ECSU.

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