Leduc, Whitmarsh Lead Jeffs to Double Header Sweep Over Colby

April 14, 2001

AMHERST, MA - Junior starter Jeff Leduc (Pittsfield, MA) notched his third complete game victory of the season in the opener and the Jeffs' offense pounded out 17 hits in the nightcap, as Amherst College baseball team swept visiting Colby College 3-2 and 12-2 in a non-league double header on Saturday. 

Leduc surrendered just six hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work in game one to improve his record to 3-0 on the season. Meanwhile, Amherst senior third baseman Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA) drilled a three-run home run in the third inning off Colby starter Brandon Royce (Augusta, ME) to provide the offense for the Jeffs. Junior Amherst second baseman John Brody (Baltimore, MD) added a pair of doubles and scored a run, while senior shortstop Jordan Krall (Encino, CA) went two-for-three with a double. 

Royce went the distance for Colby, but took the loss to fall to 1-2 despite holding the Jeffs scoreless in six of the game's seven innings. Sophomores Kevin Brunelle (Augusta, ME) and Jeffrey Owen (Whitman, MA) combined for four of the White Mules' six hits in the opener. 

While game one was somewhat of a pitchers' duel, game two turned out to be a lopsided slugfest in which the Jeffs scored 10 earned runs on 17 hits, including a five-hit, five-run barrage in the top of the ninth inning to cap the blowout. Krall and first-year right fielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) each doubled twice and finished with three hits in the nightcap, while sophomore first baseman Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA) went three-for-four with an RBI triple and Brody drove in two runs on a pair of singles. 

Jeffs' starter Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) (2-1) pitched six solid innings for his second win of the season before giving way to senior Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) in the seventh and first-year Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) in the ninth. Colby starter Kevin Presbrey (Aurora, IL) pitched the White Mules into the sixth but allowed Amherst's first seven runs, including five earned, to fall to 0-3. 

Amherst improved to 9-7 with the sweep, while Colby-which was the home team in both games because of a weather related scheduling snafu-fell to 5-8. The Jeffs host non-league foe Keene State Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.

Game One Box Score and Play-by-Play 

Game Two Box Score and Play-by-Play