Amherst Defeats Williams 11-4 in NCAA 1st Round

Senior hurler Mike Sweeney goes the distance for the victory


GORHAM, ME---Amherst scored seven runs in the second inning en route to an 11-4 victory over Williams in Thursday afternoon's NCAA Tournament opener. The Lord Jeffs picked up seven hits in the second, batting around in the inning and chasing Eph starter Keith Surkont after Dave Siegle doubled home two runs with two
outs. Williams responded with three runs in the third, as RBI's from Dave Carillo and Tim Albrecht scored Matt Sigrist and Eric Fagan, respectively. Sigrist followed Mike
Paolercio's leadoff single with a double--Paolercio scored on a wild pitch from Amherst starter Mike Sweeney. Fagan reached on a walk. 
Sweeney went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out seven. His lead swelled in the sixth, when Amherst picked up three unearned runs off reliever Jeff Russel. Russell relieved Jon Whalen in the third and gave up three hits and four unearned runs over his five innings of work. 
Williams will play again tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the afternoon against
Brandeis. Brandeis (30-8) beat Bridgewater State 5-4, while Southern Maine topped Trinity 5-0. Amherst plays Southern Maine (35-11) tomorrow at 7, and Trinity (24-10) takes on Bridgewater (22-13-1) at noon. Pairings after tomorrow will depend on how many teams reamain in the double elimination event. (courtesy of Williams College Sports Information- Scott Reynolds)

Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Williams (26-10) 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 2
Amherst (23-8) 0 7 0 0 0 3 1 0 X 11 11 1
WP: Mike Sweeney
LP: Jon Whalen
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