Jeffs Make it Seven Straight with 9-5 Win Over Fourth-Ranked Trinity

April 19, 2005 

AMHERST, MA - Sweet-swinging junior shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and a trio of runs scored, while junior Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) and sophomore Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) combined admirably on the hill as the Amherst College baseball team ran its current winning streak to seven games with a convincing 9-5 non-league win over visiting fourth-ranked Trinity College on Tuesday. 

Amherst improved to 13-3 overall on the strength of a perfect 7-0 record at home. Trinity dropped to 21-4 with its second straight loss. 

Vladeck drew the start and struck out the side in the first, but Trinity took an early 2-0 lead on senior Aaron Goldstein's (Edina, MN) two-run blast in the second. Amherst responded with a run on sophomore Jared Banner's (Brooklyn, NY) RBI double in the bottom of the second and then tacked on three more runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to blow the game open. 

In the fourth, Amherst senior Dave Powers (Andover, MA) led off with a double and scored on a two-bagger by Schonberger. Senior third baseman Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ), who saved a run with a diving snag in the top half of the inning, then capped the rally with a two-run single for a 4-2 Lord Jeff cushion. 

Schonberger struck again with a two-run double in the fifth, scoring sophomore Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, MA) and junior Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA), and then trotted home (along with Powers) on a two-run single by Banner. The Jeffs added a fifth run in the inning on rookie catcher Josh Card's (North Adams, MA) run-scoring single, upping the lead to 9-2, which was all the offense they would need. 

Vladeck pitched four strong innings with five strikeouts and just one walk. Donahue came on in the fifth and upped his record to 3-1, scattering six hits and three earned runs and fanning four. Banner bolstered the offense with a double, single, three RBIs and two runs scored. 

Trinity used five pitchers in all, including senior starter Chris Rodday (Concord, MA), who dropped to 2-1 with his first loss of the season. Rookie left fielder Brendan Daly (Marshfield, MA) turned in a trio of singles in defeat, while Goldstein's round-tripper was his second of the year. 

Amherst returns to action with a three-game set this Saturday and Sunday at NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton College. Action begins at noon on both days. 

VIEW PHOTOS from Tuesday's win and other Amherst sporting events (courtesy of Sam Masinter '04, Amherst Public Affairs)