Jeffs Fall From First Place with 6-3 Loss to Williams

April 25, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - Williams College rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit to upend host Amherst 6-3 in a NESCAC West Division baseball matchup on Friday afternoon. The loss knocks Amherst out of first place in the division standings at 13-8 overall and 5-2 in league play. Williams, which logged its eighth straight win, remains in third (behind Amherst) at 18-6 and 6-3. 

Williams did the bulk of its damage in the seventh inning, scoring three runs off Amherst starter Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA), who fanned eight Ephs in 6.1 innings but took the loss to fall to 3-3. Williams entered the seventh trailing 3-2 but notched a trio of runs on a fielder's choice, an RBI double by Robert Coppola (Orange, CT) and a run-scoring single by Austin Lehn (Maplewood, NJ). 

The Ephs would add an insurance tally in the eighth, thanks to Phil Michael's (New York, NY) solo homer off Amherst reliever Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC), and the three-run cushion was plenty for Ephs starter Chris Bodnar (Carlisle, MA), who scattered 11 hits and struck out eight en route to his fourth complete game of the season. 

Amherst built its early advantage with a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings. The Jeffs opened the scoring with an RBI single by Fran Morales (N. Andover, MA) in the second, and built a 2-0 lead in the third when Brandon Cody (Boston, MA) doubled into the left-centerfield gap and trotted home on a single by Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ). In the fourth, rookie shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) pushed a bunt past Bodnar, scoring John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI), who reached with a leadoff double. That's all the offense the Jeffs would muster, however, as Bodnar upped his record to 3-2. 

Coppola, Lehn and Jabe Bergeron (Chesterfield, NH) each had two hits for Williams. Bergeron was also robbed of a two-run homer by Amherst centerfielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) in the fourth inning. 

Santry doubled and paced the Jeffs with a 3-for-4 afternoon, upping his team-high batting average to .453. Schneider finished 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. 

Amherst and Williams are scheduled to wrap up their three-game set with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. in Williamstown. 

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