April 26, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College went for its sixth straight victory but fell victim to a complete-game pitching performance by Brandeis University starter Cliff Smith (Haverhill, MA), as the Jeffs fell to the visiting Judges, 7-2, in a non-league baseball matchup Thursday at Memorial Field.
Smith (5-4) allowed just two hits through the first six innings and didn't allow a run until the eighth, when Amherst broke through with a pair of runs on an RBI double by junior second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD) and a sacrifice fly by first-year designated hitter Fran Morales (North Andover, MA).
Meanwhile, Brandeis did the bulk of its damage with three runs in the fifth inning off Amherst starter Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) and another three runs in the seventh off first-year reliever Chris O'Connor (Exton, PA).
Brandeis sophomore left fielder Andrew Kahn (Los Angeles, CA) paced the Judges offensively with three hits on the afternoon, including a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Senior shortstop Rob Rhoads (Orono, ME) and junior catcher Jeremy Taro (Southbridge, MA) also finished with three hits each, with Rhoads scoring twice and driving in a run and Taro adding a pair of RBIs and a run scored. The win improved Brandeis' record to 19-17 overall.
Meanwhile, senior third baseman Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA)-the Jeffs leading hitter with a .463 average-went three for four with three singles in defeat. Brody also finished with two hits, as Amherst fell to 14-9 with the loss.
Amherst returns to action this weekend for a critical three-game series against NESCAC West Division rival Williams College with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday in Williamstown and a third game Sunday at 1 p.m. in Amherst. The Ephs currently leads the division with a 7-1 conference mark with the Jeffs in second place at 4-1.
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