Jeffs Edged by UMass Dartmouth, 6-5

April 30, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - Senior DH Brian Pereira (New Bedford, MA) slapped a game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to give visiting UMass Dartmouth a 6-5 non-league baseball win at Amherst College on Wednesday. Pereira went 3-for-5 with two RBI's and a run scored in what was a three-hour, 35-minute affair. Amherst fell to 15-10 with the loss, while UMass Dartmouth improved to 13-15-1. 

Amherst used five pitchers in the game, tapping the bullpen earlier than expected when junior starter Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) took a line drive off the right shin and exited the game after the second inning. UMass Dartmouth did the bulk of its damage with four runs in the third, thanks to a solo home run by Geoff Nettleton (Marlboro, MA) and RBI singles by Tom Jachimczyk (Marion, MA), Chris Waymon (Wareham, MA) and Jason Orlando (Gloucester, MA) - all off Amherst first-year reliever Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL). 

Nevertheless, after leaving runners on base in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, Amherst broke through and knotted the score at 5-5 with a pair of runs in the seventh. Sophomore third baseman Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) keyed the rally with a leadoff single and scored on a base hit by senior co-captain John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI). Junior catcher Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) then walked and scored the tying run on an infield error. 

The Jeffs had a chance to tie the score again in the ninth off UMass Dartmouth reliever Kyle Darrow (Marlboro, MA), who pitched 2.2 innings and upped his record to 4-3 with the win. Rookie first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) led off with a two-strike single and Sullivan tapped a squibber between the mound and first base to put runners at first and second with none out. But, after Schneider bunted Levinson and Sullivan to second and third, Darrow shut the door with a game-ending 6-4-3 double play, escaping with the narrow victory. 

UMass Dartmouth pounded out 12 hits in all. Left fielder Ryan Sullivan (Chicopee, MA), Jachimczyk and Orlando finished with two hits each. 

Sophomore left fielder Dave Powers (Andover, MA) paced Amherst with three singles, while Santry and Levinson each doubled and singled. The Jeffs left 12 runners on base. Senior southpaw Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) took the loss in relief, falling to 2-1. 

Amherst returns to action this Friday and Saturday with a crucial three-game home series against Middlebury College. Amherst and Middlebury are tied for first place in the NESCAC West Division standings with matching 7-2 conference records. 

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