Jeffs Lose Opener, Tie Nightcap Against Wesleyan

May 7, 2005 

AMHERST, MA - On a frigid, damp Saturday afternoon, the Amherst College baseball team came away from a NESCAC West Division doubleheader against visiting Wesleyan University with a 3-2 loss and a rain-shortened 4-4 tie, moving its record to 18-6-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league play.

With two conference games remaining (tomorrow at noon at Hamilton) the Jeffs remain alone atop the NESCAC West Division standings, while Wesleyan (9-22-1/5-4-1 NESCAC West) still has an outside shot at qualifying for next weekend's four-team NESCAC Tournament. 

Amherst sophomore Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) and Wesleyan senior Will Gordon (Durham, NC) locked horns in an old fashioned pitchers' duel in the opener, which was a prearranged seven-inning affair. Both hurlers went the distance, but Kehoe took his first loss of the year to fall to 3-1, while Gordon improved to 3-4. The Jeffs managed just four hits but took an early 2-0 lead as senior Dave Powers (Andover, MA) smacked an RBI single in the opening frame, and sophomore Tom Scott (Randolph, NJ) singled and scored in the second. Wesleyan answered with a run in the third and then won the game with a two-run rally in the sixth, capped by an RBI single by sophomore Rob Coughlin (Saratoga Springs, NY). 

Game 2 was scheduled for nine innings but rain halted play after the seventh. Rookie Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY) pitched all seven innings and earned a no decision, as did Wesleyan sophomore Andre Sternberg (Berkeley, CA). Amherst took a 2-0 lead in the third when senior Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) and rookie Josh Card (North Adams, MA) each doubled and scored, and the Jeffs tacked on another run in the fourth when Santry doubled again, scoring Scott, who also doubled in the inning. With the weather growing nastier by the second, Wesleyan stole the lead with four runs on only one hit in the seventh, thanks in part to two Amherst errors and a pair of walks with the bases loaded. Down but not out, Amherst knotted the score at 4-4 when junior Andrew Green (Lexington, MA) slapped a leadoff double and trotted home on a wild pitch. Strong winds and a heavy downpour interrupted the action shortly thereafter.