AMHERST, MA -- Williams fell to Amherst, 7-2, in a NESCAC West Division contest at Amherst's Memorial Field today. Amherst got out to a 5-0 lead after four innings before the Ephs responded with two in the fifth. Amherst added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure the victory. With the win, Amherst swept the three-game series and moved to 16-5 (6-0 NESCAC West), while Williams fell to 9-16 (2-7 NESCAC West).
Amherst began the scoring in the bottom of the first, with an RBI ground-rule double by Aaron Hero giving them a 1-0 lead. They doubled their lead in the second on a Brendon Hardin RBI single. Hero homered in the third to extend the Amherst lead to 4-0. The Lord Jeffs added another in the fourth.
Williams got its only runs in the fifth. Beau Horan led off the inning with a single, eventually advancing to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Darren Hartwell singled him in to cut Amherst's lead to 5-1. After Hartwell stole second, Phil McGovern knocked him in with a two-out RBI double, making the score 5-2. However, Amherst quickly responded with two in the bottom half of the inning and went on to win.
Amherst starter Dylan Driscoll (5-0) earned the win, going 5.0 innings and giving up two runs on six hits. Eph starter Dan Smith (2-3) took the loss, giving up four runs in 3.0 innings of work. Williams' Andrew Bishop had a strong outing in relief, tossing the final three innings and surrendering only a hit.
Hero and Andrew Vandini led Amherst offensively, each collecting three hits and two runs scored. For Williams, outfielders Darren Hartwell and Luke Pierce each had a pair of hits. Williams stole three bases on the day, one each by Hartwell, Marco Hernandez, and Kelso Stevens.
After the game Williams head coach Bill Barrale said, "I thought we'd come out with a little more fire and a little more fight, and we didn't. We had a hard time executing some of the little things. One bright spot we had was freshman shortstop Beau Horan. He had a great game defensively, and Chance Rueger caught behind the plate and threw a guy out."
Williams will return home to face Southern Vermont this Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 PM. Amherst has the week off before traveling to Hamilton for a NESCAC West series this coming weekend.