Jeffs Open NESCAC Play with Doubleheader Split

March 29, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College baseball team opened NESCAC West Division play on Saturday with a doubleheader split against Little Three rival Wesleyan University. The visiting Cardinals took the opener 3-0 behind a complete-game, four-hit pitching performance by senior right-hander Bill Robinson (Berlin, CT). The Jeffs then rebounded with a 6-2 win in the nightcap as junior starter Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) scattered five hits in eight innings of work. 

Amherst managed just six base runners (on four singles and two Wesleyan errors) in Game 1. Robinson was stellar, striking out six and walking none. He also knocked in the game-winning run with a first-inning RBI single that scored senior second baseman Jim Barletto (Hull, MA), who reached with a leadoff walk. 

Wesleyan sealed the win with a pair of insurance runs in the fourth inning, thanks to two-run homer by rookie center fielder Jeff Maier (Old Tappan, NJ), the first of his career. 

First-year first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) paced the Jeffs with a pair of singles. Amherst starter Jonah Ansell (Oak Park, IL) went the distance but took the loss to fall to 2-1. Robinson improved to 1-2 with the complete-game victory. 

Amherst drew first blood in Game 2 as a one-out double by junior third baseman Matt Potter (Durham, NC) led to a first-inning RBI single by senior catcher Joe Katuska (Southboro, MA). 

Wesleyan knotted the score at 1-1 in the second when junior third baseman Angus Fredenburg (Concord, NH) reached with a leadoff single and trotted home on a ground out by sophomore catcher Drew Nannini (Westbury, NY). 

The Jeffs opened the flood gates with two runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth, all off Wesleyan reliever Tom Hodgman (Evanston, IL), who came on in relief of starter Tom Bloss (New Fairfield, CT) in the fifth inning after Bloss left with an injury. Potter knocked in what turned out to be the game winning run with a sac fly in the seventh. Junior DH Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) added a three-run home run in the eighth to seal the win. 

Kerns upped his pitching record to 2-0, allowing five hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts. Senior southpaw Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) mopped up in the ninth after Kerns allowed a leadoff homer to senior left fielder Matt Johnson (Worcester, MA). 

Amherst sophomore shortstop Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the nightcap. Sullivan and junior second baseman Fran Morales (N. Andover, MA) finished with two hits each. Robinson had two hits for Wesleyan. 

Amherst (7-4/1-1 NESCAC) and Wesleyan (8-5/1-1 NESCAC) will lock horns again Sunday at 1 p.m., weather permitting, in Middletown, Conn. 

Game 1 Box Score / Play-by-Play 

Game 2 Box Score / Play-by-Play