Jeffs Retain First-Place with Three-Game Sweep at Hamilton

April 21, 2003 

HAMILTON, NY - After hammering NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton College 14-7 on Friday afternoon, the Amherst baseball team pounded the homestanding Continentals 13-5 and 21-0 on Saturday, retaining sole possession of first place in the conference standings at 13-6 overall and 5-1 in league play. Hamilton fell to 2-18 and remains winless in the NESCAC. Amherst batted a scorching .445 with 61 hits and nine home runs in the series, led by red-hot junior Fran Morales (N. Andover, MA), who batted a cool .750 with two home runs and nine hits in 12 at bats. 

Whereas Saturday's second game was a blowout, the Jeffs trailed 4-3 in the opener but erased the deficit with five runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth. Junior catcher Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) homered in each frame, including a leadoff shot in the sixth. Senior co-captain John Schneider (Grand Rapid, MI) also homered twice, going back-to-back with Morales in the second inning and capping the sixth with a three-run shot. Sullivan, Schneider and Morales each had three hits, while sophomore left fielder David Powers (Andover, MA) and junior second baseman Brandon Cody (Boston, MA) added two hits apiece. 

Senior right-hander Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL) drew the start and surrendered four runs in 3.1 innings. Sophomore Ed Imperatore (Tenafly, NJ) and senior southpaw Chris Vecsey (Madison, NY) each pitched a third of an inning before giving way to rookie Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC), who finished the game with three scoreless, hitless innings. Vecsey picked up the win to improve to 2-0. 

Saturday's nightcap was a good-old-fashioned blowout as the Jeffs scored 21 runs on 26 hits, including a ninth-inning grand slam by Cody and the first career round-tripper for rookie shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) - a three-run shot in the third inning. Cody's grand slam was part of a 4-for-7, five-RBI day. He also stole a base and scored three runs. 

Eight Amherst players scored multiple-hit games in all. Junior center fielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, two RBI's and four runs scored. Sophomore infielder Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI's. Morales and Schneider each doubled and finished 2-for-5. 

Vladeck drew the game-two start, striking out five and scattering four hits in five complete innings, upping his record to 2-0. First-years Brant Ford (Fabius, NY) and Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL) combined for four scoreless, hitless innings in relief. 

Amherst has now won four in a row and five of its last six heading into Wednesday's 3:30 p.m. home matchup against visiting Trinity College - a game that was originally scheduled for Tuesday but postponed due to inclement weather. 

Saturday Game 1 Box Score / Play-by-Play 

Saturday Game 2 Box Score / Play-by-Play