Red-Hot Schonberger Slugs Jeffs Past Keene St.

April 13, 2005 

AMHERST, MA - Red-hot junior shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored to lead the Amherst College baseball team to a 9-3 non-league win over visiting Keene State College on Wednesday. The Jeffs (10-3 and winners of four straight) used four pitchers, including sophomore starter Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT), who picked up his first win of the season. 

Schonberger, who upped his average to a cool .404, sparked the Jeffs with a two-run single in the opening frame, doubled in a run and then scored in the third, singled to left in the fourth and plated another run with an RBI single in the eighth. He turned in several defensive gems as well, including a sliding backhanded stab and throw from deep in the hole to save a run in the top of the fifth. 

Senior left fielder Dave Powers (Andover, MA) was similarly impressive, raising his average to .383 with a 3-for-5, two-RBI day. Sophomores Jared Banner (Brooklyn, NY) and Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, IL) each doubled for the Jeffs. 

Kehoe struck out the side in the second en route to four punch-outs in three complete innings. Rookie Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY) followed, surrendering one earned run in three innings. Sophomore Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) came on in the seventh and was perfect for two frames, and senior closer Ed Imperatore (Tenafly, NJ) pitched a scoreless ninth inning. 

Amherst knocked Keene State starter Ryan Kohler off the mound in the third inning. He surrendered four earned runs on four hits and was tagged with his first loss, falling to 2-1. Keene State moves to 13-7 overall. 

Amherst returns to action Sunday at noon with a non-league twinbill against visiting Bates College.