May 6, 2001
UTICA, New York - First-year Amherst College pitcher Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) scattered four hits and one earned run over eight innings, leading the Amherst baseball team to a 10-1 thrashing of Hamilton College in Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale, played at Utica College. With the win, the Jeffs improve to 19-12, heading into next weekend's NESCAC Baseball Championship at Williams College.
The Jeffs jumped on the board first in Sunday's match-up with Hamilton, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the visiting half of the third inning. First-year Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA), who had singled, scored when Hamilton's Jack Halas threw the ball away on a bunt attempt from senior Amherst co-captain Dave Siegle (Falmouth, MA), before Siegle scored one out later on a sacrifice fly from junior second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD).
With Kerns mowing through the Hamilton batting order, the Jeffs put two more runs on the board in the top of the sixth, with one of the runs scoring on an RBI triple from sophomore Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA). The two sixth-inning runs chased Continental starter Jason Wellen, who took the loss to fall to 1-2.
Amherst broke the game open in the seventh, scoring three times on two Hamilton errors, before the Continentals finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning on a Jamie Harrison RBI groundout.
The Jeffs weren't done offensively, however, adding three more runs in the eighth inning and cruising to the 10-1 victory. Sophomore Jarret Solomon (Simsbury, CT) finished 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI, junior catcher J.R. Drabick (Lebanon, NH) doubled and scored twice in five trips to the plate, and Siegle finished 3-5 with a pair of runs scored, a double and an RBI. Kerns, who struck out nine and walked only one in eight stellar innings of work, took the win to improve to 3-2 on the year, as the Jeffs upped their record to 19-12, picking up their fifth win in a row after a four-game losing streak.
The Continentals, who are NESCAC West Division rivals with the Jeffs, finish their season with an 8-20 record with the loss, while Amherst, who clinched the number-two seed in the West with Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Middlebury College, improves to 19-12, heading into next weekend's NESCAC Tournament.
The first-ever NESCAC Baseball Tournament features the top two teams from each division, in a double-elimination format. The Jeffs will face Tufts University, the top-seed in the East Division, in one first-round game on Friday, while host Williams College, the top-seed in the West, will face Trinity College in the other matchup, with second and third-round action on Saturday. The tournament champion receives the NESCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.
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