'AMHERST, MA – Sophomore second baseman Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) drilled a three-run home run over the wall in left field to give the Amherst College baseball team a 6-4 non-league win over visiting Keene State College on Wednesday. Santry's shot erased a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning, upping Amherst's overall record to 10-6 entering this weekend's key three-game series at NESCAC West Division foe Hamilton College.
Junior DH Fran Morales (N. Andover, MA) doubled and singled for the Jeffs, while rookie first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) added a pair of singles and scored a run.
Keene State took an early 4-0 lead with three runs in the first inning and one in the second, all unearned, off Amherst starter Jonah Ansell (Oak Park, IL). Amherst's bullpen slammed the door shut from there, however. First-year Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) came on in the third and threw three stellar innings, while sophomores Kyle Lavery (Westbury, NY) and Ed Imperatore (Tenafly, NJ) tossed scoreless frames in the sixth and the seventh, and rookie Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL) earned his first career save with two innings of one-hit relief.
Lavery (1-0) picked up the win in his first appearance of the season.
Keene State (6-12) managed seven hits, including a two-run double by first baseman Jeremy Schilling (Centerville, MA) and a double and a single by third baseman Travis Muckle (Bennington, VT). Senior starter Buzzy Francis (Bedford, NH) surrendered all six Amherst runs, four of them earned, and took the loss to fall to 1-5. First-year Andrew Caplice (Marston Mills, MA) finished the game with two innings of one-hit relief.
Keene State host Fitchburg State on Thursday (3:30 p.m.)