HARTFORD – Junior right-hander Andrew Ferrero pitched 7.1 innings allowing three hits and no runs as the Amherst College baseball team won game four of the 2018 NESCAC Championship, 9-2, over Tufts on Saturday afternoon at Trinity College.
The Mammoths (23-12) are in the diver's seat in the tournament, advancing into the championship round on Sunday. The Jumbos (19-16) will play Wesleyan in an elimination game five of the tournament later on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The winner will face Amherst for the conference title on Sunday, needing to win twice.
Joseph Palmo was 4 for 4 with three runs and Sam Ellinwood went 2 for 4 with three rbis to lead Amherst's 14-hit attack. The Mammoths led just 2-0 through five innings before scoring four in the sixth and three in the seventh to break the game open.
The Jumbos, who managed just five hits, were led by senior 1B Nick Falkson at 2 for 4 with a run and an rbi.
Amherst scored its first run in the second off Tufts sophomore starter Brent Greeley. Nick Nardone singled, Palmo doubled and Ellinwood brought the run home with a fielder's choice. The Mammoths added a run in the fourth after two were out when Palmo and Ellinwood hit back-to-back singles and Palmo scored on a Tufts error.
Tufts left two men on in the first, second and fourth innings. In the fourth, they had runners on second and third with two outs but Ferrero got a ground out to end the threat. The third would be the only inning that Tufts didn't get a runner on base as they left 12 on for the game.
Amherst put together five hits and took advantage of a Tufts error to score four in the sixth. Kai Terada-Herzer, Severino Simeone and Harry Roberson all had rbi singles for Amherst as they took a 6-0 advantage. Jumbo catcher Harrison Frickman picked Max Steinhorn off third base to end the inning.
Ellinwood's two-run double ballooned the Mammoth's lead to 8-0 in the seventh and then he scored on a wild pitch.
Ferrero walked five, but he handed the game over to the bullpen in the eighth with Amherst leading comfortably. Reliever Zach Horwitz finished off the eighth. Tufts would score twice in the ninth as Falkson and senior RF Malcolm Nachmanoff had rbi singles, but reliever Stephen Burke finished out the win for Amherst.
Roberson had two hits for the Mammoths and Terada-Herzer knocked home two runs. Ferrero improved to 4-2 with the win.