Playing the longest game in NESCAC baseball tournament history, Amherst outlasted Wesleyan in a winner's bracket game Sat., May 11, 5-4 in 13 innings, to advance to the championship round Sun., May 12. Amherst's opponent has not yet been determined as Wesleyan held a 5-3 lead over Trinity, which eliminated Bowdoin earlier in the day, 5-3, in the second elimination game of the day before rain forced a suspension after five innings. The game will be resumed Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Amherst to play the victor shortly thereafter.
Donnie Cimino '15 (right side photo) accounted for nearly half of Wesleyan's 12 hits in the Amherst game, going 5-for-6 with a pair of RBI as he now leads the Cardinals in both categories. Including his hit and RBI in the unfinished Trinity game, Cimino has 66 safeties on the year, a seasonal record, and 36 RBI with a team-best .395 average. Single runs by the Cardinals in the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th innings spotted Wesleyan a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th as Amherst was the home team in the game. Sam Goodwin Boyd '15 and Guy Davidson '16 had the other two RBI for Wesleyan. A two run, two-out homer by the Lord Jeffs tied the game and though Wesleyan loaded in the bases in the top of the 9th, the game went into extra innings. Not before Amherst threatened to win in the 9th by loading the bases iteself with no outs. Sam Elias '15 relieved starter Jeff Blout '14 and got out of the jam with a strikeout and pop out for the first two outs. When a pitch in the dirt squirted away from ctacher Eric Jones '16, the Amherst runner at third base tried to score, but Jones hit Elias with a throw and Elias made the tag well before the plate t end the inning. Wesleyan again loaded the bases in the 10th with no success. Jimmy Hill '14 took over on the mound in the 10th, getting out of two-men-on situations in both the 10th and 11th. When Amherst got runners to second and third with one out in the 13th, the Lord Jeffs tried to squeeze in the winning run three times. The first time, bunting foul; the second time, Wesleyan pitched out and nearly threw the runner out at third; and the final time bunting straight toward the mound. Hil tried to scoop the ball with his glove and flip it home, but failed and the winning run scored. Chris Bonti '13 was the only other Cardinal with a multi-hit game, picking up two while being hit by a pitch three times.
In the five innings vs. Trinity, Gavin Pittore '16 (left side photo) had a strong outing on the mound, allowing just one hit as all three runs thus far are unearned. He has walked two and hit a batter. Wesleyan has eight hits with both Steve Moran '13 and Ben Hoynes '15 picking up a single and a double.