May 12, 2001
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College baseball team advanced to the losers' bracket final in the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament on Saturday, but fell to Tufts University, 7-3. The Jeffs - who finished their season at 20-14 - defeated Trinity College 4-1 earlier in the day to stay alive in the Tournament. Tufts went on to face host Williams College in the championship game on Sunday and - needing a pair of wins to claim the conference crown - fell 8-5 in the opener.
Tufts sophomore starter Dave Martin scattered eight hits over 8.1 innings to pick up the win against Amherst, while sophomore shortstop Brian Shapiro went three for five with three RBIs and a run scored. Shapiro also came in and pitched the last two outs in the ninth inning as the Jumbos improved to 21-12-1.
First-year starter Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) surrendered just two earned runs on four hits in five innings for Amherst, but took the loss to fall to 3-3. Junior Kevin Grant (Mendon, MA) paced the Jeffs offensively with a pair of hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Amherst qualified for the four-team NESCAC Championship Tournament after finishing in second place in the West Division standings with an 8-4 conference mark. The Jeffs won their last four conference games, including a three-game sweep against visiting Middlebury College, before opening Tournament play on Friday. Amherst then dropped a 6-3 decision to Tufts in the first round and rebounded with a 4-1 win over Trinity College in the first round of the losers' bracket, before falling to Tufts again in Saturday's elimination game.
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