May 11, 2001
PITTSFIELD, MA - The Amherst College baseball team fell victim to an ill-timed injury against Tufts University in the opening round of the double-elimination NESCAC Championship Tournament Friday afternoon at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass. Ace starting pitcher and Pittsfield native Jeff Leduc (Pittsfield, MA) - who entered the game with a team-leading 5-1 record and six complete games to his credit - left the game after facing just two batters in first inning due to a knee injury. The Jeffs went on to lose 6-3, sending them into a losers' bracket matchup against Trinity College - who lost to host Williams College, 9-3, in Friday's other first round game - Saturday morning at 11:00.
Tufts sophomore starter Jon Lee allowed just three runs on 11 hits in seven strong innings to improve his record to 7-1. Sophomore reliever Brian Shapiro then closed the game with a pair of shutout innings to earn his second save of the season. Junior Dan Callahan paced the Jumbo attack with two hits, an RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases, while fellow junior Tim Ayres doubled twice and drove in a run.
Amherst was forced to go to the bullpen early and often, as sophomore Jonah Ansell (Oak Park, IL), first-year Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) and sophomore southpaw Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) all pitched in relief of the injured Leduc. Ansell (1-1) surrendered three runs in three innings to take the loss before giving way to Webb in the fourth inning.
Sophomore Jarret Solomon (Simsbury, CT) went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run scored for Amherst, while junior second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD) and first year outfielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) both finished with two hits in defeat.
Amherst (19-13) will take on Trinity (25-9) tomorrow morning at 11:00 at Williams College, while Tufts (20-11) advances in the winners' bracket to face host Williams (29-3) at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, also at 11 a.m.
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