Jeffs Drop Non-League Tilt at Springfield

May 3, 2005 

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Amherst College baseball team managed just seven hits and surrendered four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 4-2 non-league loss at Springfield College on Tuesday. 

The Jeffs (17-5) employed a trio of seldom-used hurlers in preparation for a hectic conference weekend in which all three could see significant action. Junior Rob Anderson drew the start and pitched five scoreless innings before exiting with the bases loaded in the sixth. Senior Kyle Lavery finished the sixth and got out of a jam in the seventh before giving way to classmate Mike Erkkinen, who set the Pride down in order in the eighth. Anderson took the loss to fall to 0-1. 

The Jeffs scored a run in the fourth when sophomore Mark Mazzone reached with a leadoff walk and scored all the way from first on a double by Dave Powers, who went 2-for-4 in defeat. The Jeffs added another run in the ninth as sophomore Tom Scott doubled and scored, but it was too little, too late. 

In the Springfield sixth, senior Anthony Gorneault led off with a walk and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled in the Amherst infield. After another walk was issued to junior Scott Samolewicz, senior Matt Basteri grounded into a fielder's choice, knocking in Gorneault. Senior John Beattie then broke the game open with a two-run double and later scored the Pride's final run on a wild pitch. 

On the hill, Springfield junior Matt Rodovick threw eight strong innings and allowed just five hits, while striking out four. Junior reliever Rob Smaldone notched his third save on the year, closing out the ninth. The Pride finished their season with a 20-15 record, winning 12 of their last 14 games, including a runner-up finish in the NEWMAC Tournament. 

Amherst will conclude its regular-season slate with five NESCAC West Division games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning with Friday's 3 p.m. tilt at Little Three rival Wesleyan University.