Jeffs Fall to 29th-Ranked Trinity, 7-4

April 23, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College baseball team saw a four-game winning streak fall by the wayside with a 7-4 non-league loss to visiting 29th-ranked Trinity College on Wednesday. Amherst, currently in first place in the NESCAC West Division standings, dropped to 13-7, while Trinity, which sits atop the NESCAC East Division, improved to 14-7. 

Trinity starter Chris Rodday (Concord, MA) pitched seven strong innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk, upping his record to 2-0. Amherst senior Jonah Ansell (Oak Park, IL) fell to 2-3 after surrendering four runs in the first two innings. 

Trinity drew first blood in the opening frame with a run on an RBI single by catcher Andrew Fries (Dublin, OH). Amherst responded in kind when catcher Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) plated second baseman Brandon Cody (Boston, MA) with a two-out single in the bottom half of the inning. 

The Bantams blew the game open in the second. After Ansell exited with the bases loaded and none out, Trinity right fielder Jeff Natale (Hamden, CT) victimized Amherst reliever Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL) with a two-run double off the center field wall, driving in Aaron Goldstein (Edina, MN) and Billy Wise (Longmeadow, MA). Third baseman Jayme Dorr (Osterville, MA) then drove in a run on a ground out and first baseman Robert Dolliver (Norwich, CT) added an RBI-double down the left field line to give the Bantams a 5-1 cushion they would never relinquish. 

Trailing 7-1 in the seventh, Amherst cut the lead to 7-3 when junior center fielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) raked a two-run homer, his third of the season, over the left field wall on a two-strike offering from Rodday. The Jeffs added another run in the ninth off reliever Craig Tredenick (Cornwall, Prince Edward Island), thanks to an RBI-double by John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI). But Tredenick would strand Schneider at second, striking out the next two batters to close the game. 

Trinity pounded out 11 hits, led by Wise, who doubled twice and scored a run. Natale and Dolliver added a pair of hits and two RBI's each. Whiting and Schneider tallied two hits each for the Jeffs. 

Amherst will play a crucial three-game set against NESCAC West Division rival Williams College on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at Williams. Sunday's single game starts at 1 p.m. in Amherst. 

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