Jeffs Win Fifth Straight, 5-4, Over Trinity

April 25, 2001

AMHERST, MA - Senior third baseman Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA) plated classmate Dave Siegle (Falmouth, MA) with an RBI double in the seventh inning to give Amherst College a 5-4 win over visiting Trinity College in a non-league baseball matchup on Wednesday. The Jeffs improved to 14-8 overall with their fifth straight win, while Trinity fell to 22-7. 

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Amherst knotted the score when sophomore first baseman Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA) drove in first-year designated hitter Fran Morales (North Andover, MA) with a two-out RBI single. Whitmarsh then drilled his team-leading ninth double of the season down the left field line, scoring Siegle from third base for the winning run. Both runs were unearned off Trinity starter Jonah Bayliss (Williamstown, MA) after Siegle reached on an infield error that would have been the third out of the inning. Bayliss surrendered just two earned runs in seven strong innings but took the loss to fall to 6-2, before giving way to reliever Kevin Tidmarsh (Meriden, CT) in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

Meanwhile, Amherst senior right-hander Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) picked up the win in relief, improving his record to 2-1. Sophomore Jonah Ansell (Oak Park, IL) started the game for the Jeffs before handing the ball to first-year Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) in the fourth inning, while junior Dave Krauser (Short Hills, NJ) finished the game with two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth for his first save of the season. 

Whitmarsh finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs to pace the Jeffs offensively, while junior second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD) singled and scored twice. Meanwhile, Nicol and junior catcher J.R. Drabick (Lebanon, NH) each added a pair of singles. 

Trinity finished with seven hits on the day-all singles-including a pair of base hits by junior second baseman Greg Spanos (Auburn, MA) and sophomore center fielder Jayme Dorr (Osterville, MA). 

Amherst returns to action Thursday against non-league foe Brandeis University at 3:30 p.m., before an all-important three-game series against NESCAC West Division rival Williams College on Saturday and Sunday. Williams currently leads the division with a 7-1 conference mark with Amherst in second place at 4-1.

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