Bruno Bangs Baseball Past Hamilton, Jeffs Remain Unblemished in Divisional Play


April 22, 2005 

CLINTON, NY - Rookie Evan Bruno went 3-for-4 with two doubles and his first career home run to lead the Amherst College baseball team to a 7-4 win at NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton College on Friday. Amherst improved to 14-3 with its eighth straight win and remained undefeated in divisional play at 4-0. 

The visiting Jeffs trailed 4-3 after three innings but tied the score on Bruno's solo shot in the top of the fourth inning and took the lead for good with another run in the sixth. Bruno, who drove in two runs, led off the critical sixth inning with a double. He later scored on a groundout to shortstop by classmate Josh Card for a 5-4 Amherst lead. Sophomore Mark Mazzone went 3-for-5 and senior Dave Powers each collected two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Powers gave Amherst a 6-4 lead in the seventh with a solo home run. Both junior Dave Levinson and senior Josh Santry had two hits, including doubles. The Jeffs ended up with 14 hits. First-year Chris Edgar pitched the first five innings to earn the win, improving to 5-1. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked five and struck out two. Junior Joe Vladeck held the Continentals (0-7, 6-16) in check the rest of the way to earn the save. Vladeck struck out seven batters, including all three in the ninth. 

Amherst scored three runs in the second inning on four hits and two Hamilton errors. Bruno and Santry drove in runs with back-to-back doubles. The Continentals responded with four runs in the third on just two hits. A two-run double from Eric Villanova was the big blow. John Porges also drove in a run with a single. Porges has hit in ten straight games. Brian Farnkoff gave Hamilton a brief 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly that scored Matt Hartnett '07. 

The Jeffs padded their lead in the ninth when Levinson led off with a double and scored on a single by Powers. Hamilton's Bryden Considine pitched seven-plus innings and took the loss. Considine (1-4) allowed five earned runs on ten hits and walked two. Chris Keen threw the final two innings, escaping a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam without allowing a run. Keen ended up allowing one run on four hits and struck out two.