April 28, 2001
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College baseball team surrendered the winning run on an infield error in the bottom of the seventh inning to drop the opener, 4-3, and went on to lose the nightcap, 9-4, in a critical NESCAC West Division doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Williams College.
Leading 3-2 in the final inning of game one, Amherst starter Jeff Leduc gave up a leadoff single to Mark Scialabba. A double by Matt Dahlman then scored pinch runner Tucker Fitzgerald all the way from first base, before Williams' Bobby Coppola laid down a perfect bunt that was mishandled by the Amherst infield as Dahlman trotted home with the winning run.
Amherst took an early 2-0 lead in the opener on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Krall and a solo home run by Dave Siegle. Williams then knotted the score 2-2 in the fourth inning on a defensive miscue and a bases loaded walk by Dahlman.
The Jeffs regained the advantage, 3-2, with an unearned run in the sixth, as Brett Nicol drove in Devin Haran with an RBI single to center field, setting the stage for Williams' game-winning heroics in the seventh.
It was a tough defeat for Leduc, who went the distance with six strikeouts for his fifth complete game of the season, but fell to 4-1 with the loss. Meanwhile, Williams' starter Joe Steinberg allowed just five hits and two earned runs to run his record to 4-1.
Amherst again jumped in front early in game two when Paul Whiting drilled a two-run homer off Williams' starter Adam Mancinone. But the Ephs came right back with a two-run double by shortstop Billy Casolo and an RBI triple by Mike Shipley to take the lead for good.
Shipley would drive in two more runs on a ground out and a sacrifice fly, before Dahlman put the Ephs up 7-2 in the fourth inning with a home run to right field.
Mancinone tossed six strong innings to remain undefeated at 6-0, allowing five hits with five strikeouts. First-year Ryan Paylor then pitched the last three inning and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning to pick up the save for the Ephs. Dave Krauser took the loss for Amherst to fall to 2-5
With the doubleheader sweep, Williams improved to 23-3 overall and 9-1 in divisional play to remain in first place in the NESAC West. Second place Amherst fell to 14-11 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
The Jeffs and Ephs will play a third game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Amherst's Memorial Field.
Game-One Box Score and Play-by-Play
Game-Two Box Score and Play-by-Play