Jeffs Best Hamilton with Six-Run Sixth Inning

April 8, 2006 

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

AMHERST, MA –  The Amherst College baseball team used a six-run sixth inning to fuel a 7-4 come- from-behind victory over visiting NESCAC West opponent Hamilton College on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Jeffs improve to 11-4-1 overall and 3-0-1 in conference play, while the Continentals drop to 5-10 (0-1 NESCAC West).

Junior hurler Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) worked seven and a third innings scattering eight hits and only giving up two earned runs while whiffing six Hamilton batters en route to his third victory of the year. Senior Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL) shut the door for his fourth save on the year.

Sophomore designated hitter Neal Allar (Floyd Knobs, IN) led the Jeffs offense with three hits, including an RBI double while senior first baseman Dave Levinson (Chester Springs, PA), sophomore catcher Josh Card (North Adams, MA) and rookie right fielder Angus Schaller (Leucadia, CA) each added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Allar opened the sixth inning with a walk followed by a single from rookie third baseman Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) and a perfect bunt single down the third baseline from junior second baseman Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, IL) to load the bags for the Jeffs. Card brought home Allar  on a single through the left side followed by a single up the middle from rookie shortstop Nat Pedley (Rye, NY) who knocked in Powers to tie the game at three. Senior outfielder Andrew Green (Lexington,MA)  poked a two run single to right field giving the Jeffs their first lead of the game 5-3. Schaller kept the rally going with a single before Levinson drove in the seventh run of the game to give Amherst a 7-3 advantage.

Junior outfielder Pat McGarry (Kennett Square, PA) led Hamilton with three hits and two RBI's while junior outfielder John Porges (Short Hills, NJ) added two hits and an RBI. Senior Jamie Mathews (Brookline, MA) recorded the loss for Hamilton going five and a third giving up seven earned runs and striking out four.

Amherst and Hamilton will play again tomorrow, April 9th  in a doubleheader beginning at noon.