Jeffs Sweep Twinbill at Williams, Gain Outright Little Three Title, Regain First Place in NESCAC West

April 27, 2003 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst baseball team swept a doubleheader at Williams College on Sunday, winning the opener 5-0 and the nightcap 7-4, claiming the outright Little Three Championship and regaining first place in the NESCAC West Division standings. 

Junior right-hander Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) fanned eight Ephs and threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout in game one, improving his unblemished pitching record to 4-0 and lowering his ERA to a team-low 3.09. Only two runners reached second base against Kerns. Both were left stranded. 

Amherst scored two runs in the second inning and three in the sixth to seal the win. In the second, red-hot junior Fran Morales (N. Andover, MA), who went 4-for-7 with two RBI's and scored a pair of runs on Sunday, doubled home senior co-captain John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI) and then trotted home on a wild pitch. Slick-fielding rookie shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) added a two-run homer in the sixth, his second of the season, after Schneider singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by sophomore outfielder Dave Powers (Andover, MA). 

The Jeffs pounded out 10 hits in the win. Schneider, Powers and Schonberger finished with two hits each. Schneider also swiped a pair of bags. 

First-year fireballer Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) drew the start in game two after pitching 1.2 innings of relief in Friday's 6-3 loss to Williams. Vladeck was up to the task, pitching into the sixth inning before leaving the game with a 6-3 lead. Senior southpaw Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) faced three batters in the sixth. Rookie Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL) then closed the game with 3.1 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief, striking out four and earning his second save in one of his best outings of the year. 

Amherst scored two runs in each of the first three innings for an early 6-0 cushion. Junior center fielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) singled and scored on a base hit by first-year Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA), and Levinson touched home on an RBI double by junior catcher Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) in the first. In the second, Powers doubled home Morales and scored on a wild pitch. Schneider tripled home Levinson and reached home on yet another Morales single in the third. The Jeffs added an insurance run in the seventh when sophomore Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) slapped a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Levinson. 

Williams did the bulk of its damage in the sixth inning with back-to-back homers off Vladeck. 

Amherst finished with 14 hits in the nightcap, as Levinson went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI's and two runs scored. Morales went 3-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases. Sullivan also had two hits. 

At 15-8 overall and 7-2 in league play, the Jeffs are tied with Middlebury College for first place in the NESCAC West Division standings, while Williams dropped to third place at 18-8 and 6-5. The Jeffs will play pair of non-league home games against Brandeis University and UMass Dartmouth on Monday and Wednesday, followed by a crucial three-game West Division set with visiting Middlebury on Friday and Saturday. 

Game 1 Box Score / Play-by-Play 

Game 2 Box Score / Play-by-Play