May 12, 2001
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College baseball team used a three-run sixth-inning rally and 4.2 innings of shutout pitching by senior reliever Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) to outlast Trinity College 4-1 and stay alive in the first-ever NESCAC Championship Tournament Saturday afternoon at Williams College. With the win, Amherst improves to 20-13 and advances to play the loser of this afternoon's winners' bracket game between host Williams and Tufts University for a chance at the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday.
Trinity managed just one run off Amherst junior starter Dave Krauser (Short Hills, NJ), who gave way to Downes with one out in the fifth inning. The Jeffs then took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth inning, while Downes (3-1) shut the Bantams down the rest of the way for his third win. Sophomore outfielder Jarret Solomon (Simsbury, CT) and junior second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD) drew consecutive walks with one out in to ignite the three-run barrage against Trinity starter Jonah Bayliss. After a fly out by senior Dave Siegle (Falmouth, ME), classmate Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA)-who finished two for four with two runs and an RBI-plated Solomon with a single off the shortstop's glove and Brody advanced to third on the play and trotted home on a throwing error by the catcher. Whitmarsh went to second on the error and scored on a single by pinch hitter Kevin Grant (Mendon, MA) to push the Amherst lead to 3-1.
The Jeffs added an insurance run in the eight inning to cap the scoring against Bayliss, who took the loss despite a 13-strikeout, complete-game pitching performance. Mark Mahoney went two for three and knocked in Trinity's only run to pace the Jumbos offensively.
Amherst will take on the loser of Saturday's winners' bracket game between Williams and Tufts later in the afternoon. The winner of that game will then advance to the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday. Because of a first-round loss to Tufts on Friday, Amherst would have to defeat Sunday's opponent twice to claim the NESCAC Championship because of the tournament's double elimination format.
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