Jeffs Split Non-League Twinbill with Bates

April 13, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College baseball team split a non-league doubleheader with visiting Bates College on Sunday, winning the first game 7-4 and dropping the nightcap 2-1. Junior center fielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) went 3-for-3 with a single, double and a two-run homer in the opener. Amherst moved to 9-6 with the split. Bates is now 2-7. 

Amherst starter Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) picked up the win in game one, improving to 3-0 while scattering four runs on four hits with six strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Senior southpaw Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) came on in relief in the seventh to earn his second save of the year. 

Rookie first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) finished 2-for-3 in the game and helped ignite the offense with a two-run single in the second. Sophomore second baseman Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) added a pair of singles and scored twice. Sophomore third baseman Mike Erkkinen (Yarmouth, ME) drove in a pair of runs on a single and a fielder's choice, and first-year shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) added his first career triple and scored a pair of runs. 

Adam Taranto (Sudbury, MA) and Rob Maguire (Wayland, MA) each went 2-for-4 for Bates. Senior starter Billy Karz (Van Nuys, CA) surrendered all seven Amherst runs, including four earned, and took the loss to fall to 0-2. Sophomore John Ribas (Shelton, CT) pitched two innings of scoreless, hitless relief. 

Game two was a nailbiter. Both teams put up a run in the fifth inning and the score remained tied until Bates won it in the eighth on a bloop single by first baseman Drew McKenna (Middleboro, MA) off a 3-2 delivery from Vecsey, who came on in relief of junior starter Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA). Webb pitched seven strong innings for Amherst but took the loss to even his record at 2-2. 

The Jeffs had the tying run on second base in the ninth, thanks to a leadoff single by junior third baseman Matt Potter (Durham, NC) and a perfect sac bunt by senior John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI), but Bates reliever Shawn Kingman (Cummaquid, MA) sealed the win, striking out pinch hitter Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA) and forcing Whiting into a fielder's choice. Kingman (1-2) earned his first win of the season with four scoreless innings of relief. Bates starter Jon Furbush (So. Portland, ME) pitched the first five innings and surrendered just one run on two Amherst hits. 

Junior shortstop Nate Maxwell (Newport, VT) had two hits for Bates, while Potter had a pair of singles for Amherst. 

The Jeffs return to action Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against visiting Keene State. 

Game 1 Box Score / Play-by-Play 

Game 2 Box Score / Play-by-Play