After dropping their series against Middlebury two games to one on April 7-8, Amherst baseball rebounded in a big way with a 4-1 week that featured a three-game sweep of archrival Williams.
The team defeated Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday before claiming the series against the Ephs. No. 21 Salve Regina then halted this winning streak with a 4-1 win over the Mammoths.
With these results, the team’s record now stands at 10-10 (4-2 NESCAC).
Facing some tough opponents both in and out of conference, the Amherst baseball team went 1-4 this past week to bring their overall record to 6-9.
The Mammoths suffered a tough week on the diamond as they dropped two non-conference matchups before losing a NESCAC series to the Middlebury Panthers. Amherst kept it close with Midd, taking one of the three-game series before dropping the next two to the conference foes.
After receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament, the Amherst men’s basketball team concluded their season with a heartbreaking 69-66 first-round loss to Keene State College on Friday, March 3.
The loss marks the first time in eight years that the purple and white have failed to advance to the round of 32.
Aware of the tournament’s single elimination format, both sides came out hard in the first half. Neither team distinguished themselves in the opening minutes, as no lead exceeded four points.
With their season opener a mere two weeks away, the Amherst baseball team is feeling confident in the depth and experience of this year’s squad.
Junior captain Harry Roberson said, “We’re very excited for this year. We’re more of a veteran team, which I think will be a strength of ours, but there’s also a good mix of younger guys who’ll get a chance to contribute. There’s been a good buzz through the first couple weeks.”
The 2016-2017 season may have come to an end for the Amherst men’s basketball team this weekend. After defeating Williams twice during the regular season, the purple and white fell to the Ephs 76-69 in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Lefrak Gymnasium. Amherst must now wait until Feb. 27 to find out if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
This week concluded regular season action for the Amherst men’s basketball team. The purple and white finished with an overall record of 17-6 and a conference record of 7-3, which sets them up as the third seed for this weekend’s NESCAC tournament.
Unfortunately, Amherst heads into the postseason coming off of two devastating losses to Wesleyan and Middlebury. The team has to make some quick adjustments if they are going to progress far into the postseason.
The Amherst men’s basketball team continues to battle their way back to the top of both the NESCAC and national rankings. After two huge wins last week against rivals Williams and Trinity, things are certainly looking up for the squad. With the wins, the purple and white improved to an overall record of 14-4 and a conference record of 4-2, second in the NESCAC behind Tufts.