Jeffs Split Doubleheader at Middlebury


April 22, 2006

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst College baseball team split a NESCAC West Division doubleheader at Middlebury College on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 6-2 decision in the first bout before earning a 4-1 victory in the nightcap. Amherst moves to 16-9-1 overall and wraps up its conference slate at 8-3-1, while Middlebury moved to 16-7 (5-3 NESCAC West).

Sophomore Jack Britton tossed a gem for the Panthers in Saturday's opener, allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. Junior Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) suffered his second straight loss for Amherst, surrendering all six runs on five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work and falling to 3-2 on the year. Senior Andrew Green (Lexington, MA) showed almost the only sign of offensive life for the Jeffs, going 3-for3 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Classmate Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while sophomore Josh Card (North Adams, MA) was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

In game two, it was Amherst junior Nick Kehoe's (Washington Depot, CT) turn to dominate the hill as he tossed all nine frames, relinquishing just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five to improve to 4-2 on the season. Green scored after a walk in the first inning to put Amherst on top, 1-0, and the Jeffs added two more in the sixth as junior Jared Banner (Brooklyn, NY) knocked home classmate Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) with an RBI single and later scampered home on a wild pitch. The Panthers got one back in the seventh, but Amherst tacked on an unearned insurance tally the following inning to solidify the win. Banner finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and senior Dave Levinson (Chester Springs, PA) was 2-for-4.

At 8-3-1 in NESCAC West Division play, the Jeffs would secure a bid to the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament with a conference loss by either Middlebury or Williams College.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at non-conference foe Brandeis University.