Jeffs Bow to Brandeis, 15-8

April 28, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College baseball team committed six errors and used five pitchers in a 15-8 loss to visiting non-league foe Brandeis University on Monday. Brandeis pounded out 17 hits and scored nine unearned runs to up its record to 18-11-1. Amherst, ranked sixth in New England, fell to 15-9. 

Amherst rookie right-hander Brant Ford (Fabius, NY) drew his first career start and pitched well in 4.2 innings but was victimized by poor luck in the early going. Brandeis scored five runs with two outs in the third after a bad-hop ground ball, a botched popup and an infield throwing error extended the inning. 

Amherst managed to knot the score at 6-6, thanks to a three-run homer by Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) in the fourth inning and an RBI single by Fran Morales (N. Andover, MA) in the fifth. However, Brandeis scored 10 runs against Amherst's bullpen, highlighted by back-to-back RBI triples by Jon Brown (Topsfield, MA) and Sean Ewers (Old Lyme, CT) in the sixth inning. 

Brandeis starter Tom McShane (Manchester, NH) surrendered six earned runs and 10 hits in 7.0 complete innings en route to the win. He improved to 7-1. Seven Brandeis players registered multiple-hit games, including first baseman Dan McIntosh (S. Falmouth, MA), who went 3-for-5 with two RBI's and two runs scored, and McShane, who helped his own cause with a double, two singles and two RBI's. 

Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA), Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) and David Powers (Andover, MA) each went 3-for-5 for Amherst. Sophomore Ed Imperatore (Tenafly, NJ) took the loss in relief to fall to 0-1. 

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against non-league foe UMass Dartmouth. 

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