April 29, 2001
AMHERST, MA - The visiting Williams College baseball team completed a three-game sweep of NESCAC West Division rival Amherst College with a lopsided 13-2 win at Memorial Field on Sunday. The first place Ephs-who improved to 24-3 overall and 10-1 in divisional play-pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of six Amherst errors, one day after sweeping the Jeffs in a doubleheader in Williamstown on Saturday.
Williams scored in six of the game's nine innings, while sophomore starter Robert Coppola (Orange, CT) cruised through the first seven innings despite scattering 12 Amherst hits, improving his pitching record to 4-2. Sophomore third baseman Austin Lehn (Maplewood, NJ) went four for six with four singles and three runs scored and senior catcher Timothy Albrecht (Braintree, MA) finished four for five with a double, three RBIs and a run scored to pace the Ephs offensively. Meanwhile, first-year right-hander Jabe Bergeron (Keene, NH) moved from first base to the pitcher's mound in the eighth and tossed two perfect innings to close out the game for Williams.
Senior left fielder Dave Siegle (Falmouth, ME) provided the bulk of the Amherst offense with four singles, while first-year center fielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) went two for five with an RBI. First-year starter Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) surrendered seven hits and five earned runs before giving way to classmates Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) in the fourth and Chris O'Connor (Exton, PA) in the fifth to take the loss.
The Jeffs, who fell to 14-12 overall and 4-4 in conference play, return to action Tuesday at non-league foe Springfield College at 3:30 p.m. With the trio of losses to Williams, Amherst is now fighting for second place in the Western Division with Middlebury College, who was also in action on Sunday at Wesleyan University. The Jeffs and Panthers will meet three times later this week, with Amherst needing a pair of wins or a three-game sweep to qualify for the four-team NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, depending on the outcome of today's Middlebury-Wesleyan tilt.
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