Amherst's Vladeck Repeats as NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year, Set to Play in 2006 NEIBA All-Star Game

Jeffs Earn Trio of Spots on All-NESCAC Squad

May 17, 2006 

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) was named the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-NESCAC for the second straight season on Wednesday morning. He was also selected to participate in the 2006 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Senior All-Star game, to be played Sunday, May 28, at Fenway Park. Fellow senior Andrew Green (Lexington, MA) and junior Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) joined Vladeck on the all-conference squad, receiving second-team plaudits.

Already having earned ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-District honors last week, Vladeck posted an incredible season this spring, registering a perfect 7-0 record on the hill and leading the NESCAC in ERA (1.55), opposing batting average (.191) and wins. His microscopic ERA was also good for 24th in the nation, while he ranked third in the conference in strikeouts (49) and innings pitched (64.0). As a junior, Vladeck earned NEIBA Division III All-New England honors alongside his impressive conference awards after ranking 19th in the country and tops in the conference in ERA (1.59). He also paced the NESCAC in strikeouts (64), innings pitched (73.2) and wins (7).

Green followed up his ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-District award and qualification for Academic All-America honors with his first collegiate all-conference award. He finished seventh in the NESCAC with a .411 average and reached base at a .496 clip, good for sixth in the conference. He was impressive across the board, leading the team in hits (46), runs scored (30) and slugging percentage (.527), while notching eight doubles, a triple, a homer, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases from the lead-off position. Green was also one of the toughest hitters to strikeout in the NESCAC, going down on strikes just seven times in 128 plate appearances.

Kehoe pockets his first baseball all-conference award as well after a breakout season on the mound. He finished second in the conference in opposing batting average (.220) and runs allowed (18), and ranked third in ERA (1.99), wins (6) and earned runs allowed (12). Kehoe was incredibly dominant down the stretch, surrendering just two runs in his final three starts, including a pair of nine-inning complete games. This is the second All-NESCAC award for Kehoe this year as he received first-team football all-conference honors as a quarterback this fall.

Amherst finished its regular season at 22-9-1 overall and 8-3-1 narrowly missing its third straight trip to the NESCAC Tournament.

DH – Ricky Leclerc, Bowdoin
C – Chris Shanahan, Daniel Webster
C – Ted Dziuba, Babson
1B – Andy Koocher, Wheaton
2B – Jeff LaHair, Worcester State
SS – Derek Lyons, Salem State
SS – Zach Golden, Brandeis
SS – Greg Chertok, Tufts
OF – Jim O'Leary, Tufts
OF – Jeremy Schilling, Keene State
OF – Jared Lemieux, Bowdoin
OF – Joe Ramoin, Middlebury
UT – Jason Connelly, Western New England
P – Joe Vladeck, Amherst
P – Tim Dunphy, Brandeis
P – Jamie Baker, Wheaton
P – Zak Smotherman, Tufts