Red-Hot Jeffs Edge Wesleyan for Three-Game Sweep

April 22, 2001

MIDDLETOWN, CT - Senior third baseman Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA) drilled a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning and classmate Dave Siegle (Falmouth, ME) drove in what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth as the visiting Amherst College baseball team edged NESCAC West Division rival Wesleyan University 4-3 on Sunday. The Jeffs improved to 13-8 overall and 4-1 in conference play with the victory, giving them a three-game sweep over Wesleyan (14-10-1/4-5) after a pair of wins Saturday at Amherst. 

Wesleyan took an early 2-1 lead when Amherst first-year starter Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) walked Cardinal catcher (Haverford, PA) Dan Diamond with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Wesleyan starter Mike Martinez (New York, NY)-making his first start of the season-allowed just one hit and one unearned run through the first seven innings. Junior first baseman Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA) finally broke through with Amherst's second hit of the game with a man on in the eighth, but Wesleyan right fielder Eric Donelan (Brooklyn, NY) cut down the would-be tying run at the plate to set the stage for Whitmarsh's dramatic two-run blast. Siegle followed with a game-winning RBI single off Wesleyan reliever Will James (Wallingford, CT) in the ninth, driving in junior second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD), who had singled with two outs. 

Junior right hander Dave Krauser (Short Hills, NJ) pitched masterfully in relief for Amherst, allowing four hits and one run with eight strikeouts over 4.1 innings of work. Wesleyan first baseman Bill Robinson (Berlin, CT) managed to triple in a run with two outs in the ninth to cut the lead to 4-3, but Krauser struck out Dave Bushnell (South Dennis, MA) to end the game, improving his pitching record to 2-4. 

With the win, Amherst moved into sole possession of second place in the NESCAC West Division standings behind league-leader Williams College (18-3/6-1), which swept a doubleheader against Hamilton College on Saturday. Meanwhile, Wesleyan fell to fourth place in the division behind Middlebury College (8-9/3-2), which dropped three of its four non-league games over the weekend. 

Amherst returns to action on Thursday against visiting non-league rival Brandeis University at 3:30 p.m.

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