Baseball Concludes Season with 21-9 Mark

Amherst baseball closed out its 1998 campaign winning four of its last five games and with a 21-9 record. The five seniors will graduate with four 20+ win seasons and three NCAA bids.

The team began its final homestand with a 7-0 blanking of Fitchburg State in which pitchers Andy Ditchfield (Lebanon, NH), Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) and Graham Callaghan (Burlington, CT) combined to strike out 14 Falcons. Senior co-captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) posted a 3-for-5 showing at the plate with three RBI to lead the squad, while fellow centerfielder Spencer Christensen (Southboro, MA) also added three singles, three runs and a pair of stolen bases to the Amherst offense.

The Jeffs closed out its Little III season with a 3-3 showing, including a 13-3 rout of Wesleyan. Junior Mike St. Clair (East Longmeadow, MA) pounded a grand slam hitting clean-up as Amherst jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning. Sophomore Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) pushed the advantage to 11-2 after four as he knocked a three-run homer over the right-field fence. Senior Jon Cross (Chevy Chase, MD) earned his second win of the season over the Cardinals, including a complete game in Middletown, CT.

Hosting Williams for a shot at the Little III title, the Jeffs posted a 4-2 victory to kick off the doubleheader. Junior Mike Sweeney (Keene, NH) fanned seven Ephs in a complete game throwing to senior catcher Dan Blednick (Melville, NY) while St. Clair drove in three runs with a pair of singles. However, Williams fought back in game two with a 1-0 win as they held the Jeffs to just two hits. This is the Ephs' first series victory over Amherst since 1976.

Senior Josh Carroll (Winchester, MA) capped off the season as Amherst's career home run leader with 17, breaking the seven-year-old record with a solo shot in the seventh inning against Springfield College. Carroll went 3-for-5 against the Pride with a pair of RBI, while fellow senior Geoff Spies (Princeton, NJ) finished his career with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate. Christensen banged out four hits as Amherst led 8-0 through eight innings, and Cross held on for the complete game victory after striking out nine.


                       Hitting: 45 or more at bats             Pitching Statistics
                        AB      H       HR      RBI     BA      IP      H       K       ERA
Michael St. Clair '99   110     43      8       33      .391    
Mike Grant '99          85      30      1       16      .353    
Greg Berchelmann '99    106     37      4       20      .349    
Hugh Quattlebaum '00    113     39      7       25      .345    
Jordan Krall '01        87      30      0       17      .345    
Mike Sullivan '98       101     34      2       17      .337    
Dan Blednick '98        66      20      0       17      .303    
Josh Carroll '98        86      25      2       17      .291    
Mike Sweeney '99                                                54.1    45      46      2.48
Jon Cross '98                                                   59.1    61      47      3.49
Kevin Downes '01        6       4       0       2       .667    24.1    22      21      3.70
Andy Ditchfield '99                                             45.1    48      42      4.57
Graham Callaghan '99                                            32.1    51      26      6.12
George Gumpert '99                                              2.1     6       1       11.57
Dave Siegle '01                                                 8.2     13      11      12.46
Team Totals             967     322     26      199     .333    231.2   250     198     4.31
Opponent Totals         925     250     17      119     .270    226.0   322     122     7.21

Final Record: 21-9, 20-8 v. Division III
Last Week:      Fitchburg State, W 7-0
                Wesleyan, W 13-3
                Williams (2), W 4-2, L 0-1
                Springfield, W 8-4