Donahue One-Hits Fifth-Ranked Trinity, Pitches Jeffs into Third Straight NESCAC Title Game

May 14, 2005 

AMHERST, MA - Sophomore fireballer Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) struck out four and tossed a complete-game one-hitter to lead Amherst College (22-6-1) to a convincing 6-0 win over visiting fifth-ranked Trinity College (29-6) in Day 2 of the NESCAC Baseball Postseason Championship Tournament on Saturday. With the win, Amherst advances to the NESCAC title game for the third consecutive season, where they'll once again face Trinity, thanks to the tournament's double-elimination format (Trinity rebounded to upend Wesleyan 5-3 in an elimination game). Sunday's championship game is set for 10 a.m., with a second game to follow if Trinity wins the opener. The NESCAC Champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. 

Amherst turned a pair of double plays and played errorless defense behind Donahue, who improved to 5-1 with his first complete-game shutout of the season. Meanwhile, the offense pecked away with run-scoring rallies in four of the first six innings against Trinity hurlers Jon Rappaport (Longmeadow, MA) and Gabe Rotman (Arlington, MA). The Jeffs took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame when junior Andrew Green (Lexington, MA) singled and scored. In the second, sophomore speedster Jared Banner (Brooklyn, NY) led off with a base hit up the middle and scored all the way from first on an opposite-field single by classmate Tom Scott (Randolph, NJ), who later jogged home on a double play. Amherst added two insurance runs in the fifth, thanks to an RBI double by junior Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) and a run-scoring single by senior co-captain Dave Powers (Andover, MA), and tacked on another tally in the sixth, as junior Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and crossed home on a fielder's choice. 

Trinity's lone hit came in the fifth inning, when junior Erik Paisley (Bethesda, MD) reached out and blooped a Donahue change-up into shallow right field. The Bantams entered tournament play with a conference-best .367 batting average. Rappaport pitched five complete innings but fell to 5-2 with the loss. 

Amherst scattered nine hits in the win, and Powers led the way with a pair of singles and two RBIs. The Jeffs won the conference tournament last season and dropped a doubleheader to Trinity on the final day en route to a runner-up finish in 2003. 

Amherst vs. Trinity BOX SCORE 

Trinity vs. Wesleyan BOX SCORE