Baseball Posts 2-1 Week

Claiming a pair of wins to start the week, Amherst was edged out in the bottom of the final inning for a 2-1 showing toward a No. 5 ranking in New England in the Coaches' Poll. Despite imminent conditions, Amherst and Western New England College managed almost six innings of baseball before the game was called for rain and darkness. The Jeffs had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when senior co-captain Dan Blednick (Melville, NY) singled in leftfielder Josh Carroll (Winchester, MA), who had ripped a double to lead off the inning. WNEC answered in the top of the 6th to tie the game 1-1. Michael St. Clair (East Longmeadow, MA) opened the Amherst 6th with a triple deep into centerfield, and he scored on a wild pitch to the following batter. Junior righthander Andy Ditchfield (Lebanon, NH) went the distance for the Jeffs, striking out five and allowing only two hits in six innings.

Traveling to Trinity for the first doubleheader of the season, Amherst won game one by a 7-1 decision that featured a six-run 4th inning off five hits for the Jeffs. Blednick walked to lead off the inning, and senior Geoff Spies (Princeton, NJ) reached first on a fielder's choice. A single by rookie shortstop Jordan Krall (Encino, CA) scored Blednick, and senior co-captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) singled in Spies after leading off the game with his second home run of the year. Krall, Sullivan, Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) and Carroll then took advantage of a pair of wild pitches to take a 7-0 lead after 3.5 innings. Pitcher Mike Sweeney (Keene, NH) posted a complete game with six strikeouts whle allowing three hits.

In game two, Amherst claimed six runs off eleven walks as the Jeffs took a 13-9 lead after five innings. St. Clair knocked in a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, early in the first, and Quattlebaum added a grand slam in the third, driving in three walked batters for his fourth home run of his sophomore season. But Trinity pounded seven of its 19 hits in the final two innings, tallying three runs in the sixth two more in the bottom of the seventh to split the doubleheader with a 14-13 Bantam victory.


                       Hitting: 21 or more at bats             Pitching Statistics
                        AB      H       HR      RBI     BA      IP      H       K       ERA
Whit Griffinger '00     25      11      2       7       .440    
Michael St. Clair '99   48      21      4       12      .438    
Mike Sullivan '98       50      20      2       13      .400    
Dan Blednick '98        33      12      0       9       .364    
Hugh Quattlebaum '00    51      18      4       11      .353    
Josh Carroll '98        43      15      1       9       .349    
Greg Berchelmann '99    46      16      1       9       .348    
Jordan Krall '01        35      12      0       8       .243    
Mike Grant '99          34      11      0       8       .324    
Geoff Spies '98         25      8       0       4       .320    
Mike Sweeney '99                                                28.7    24      30      2.20
Dave Siegle '01                                                 3.3     1       5       2.70
Kevin Downes '01        4       2       0       2       .750    13.3    13      12      3.38
Jon Cross '98                                                   16.3    18      13      3.86
Andy Ditchfield '99                                             20.7    18      19      3.92
George Gumpert '99                                              2.0     2       1       4.50
Mike Spirito '98                                                5.0     4       4       5.40
Graham Callaghan '99                                            15.0    28      12      7.20
Team Totals             440     156     14      97      .355    104.3   108     96      3.88
Opponent Totals         420     108     11      51      .257    102.0   156     51      8.82


Current Record: 11-3, 10-2 v. Division III
Last Week:      WNEC, W 2-1
                at Trinity (2), W 7-1, L 13-14
This Week:      Wed Apr 8 at Mass College, 3:00pm
                Thu Apr 9 at UMass-Dartmouth, 3:30pm
                Sat Apr 11 Suffolk (2), 12:00pm