Jeffs Open Florida Swing with Win Over Anderson, Loss to UMass Boston

March 13, 2005 

FORT MYERS, FL - The Amherst College baseball team opened its season with a decisive 5-1 win over Anderson University on Saturday night, followed by a gut-wrenching 9-8 loss to UMass Boston on Sunday afternoon. Both games were played in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Saturday's victory was marked by stellar pitching performances from junior fireballer Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) and rookie reliever Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY). Vladeck surrendered just one run (unearned) on one hit while striking out six in five complete innings. Edgar earned the save with four strong innings in his collegiate debut, fanning six and scattering two hits. Junior outfielder Andrew Green (Lexington, MA) doubled, tripled, drove in a run and stole a base to pace the offense. Junior first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. 

On Sunday, Amherst took what seemed to be a commanding 8-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, only to fall victim to a six-run UMass Boston rally, capped by a game-sealing bases-loaded walk. The Jeffs rallied for five runs to take a 6-2 lead in the top of the sixth, sparked by senior co-captain Dave Powers' (Andover, MA) game-tying RBI double. Amherst sophomore starter Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) pitched five strong innings and exited the game with 6-2 cushion, before giving way to junior Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL) and senior Ed Imperatore (Tenafly, NJ). Green finished 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss. 

Amherst returns to action Monday at 7 p.m. against St. Lawrence University, also in Fort Myers.