Jeffs Top Wesleyan in Game 1, Tie Cardinals in 11 in Game 2

April 1, 2006

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College baseball team won its ninth straight game to open a NESCAC West doubleheader at Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday, 8-3, but the two squads battled to a 3-3 tie after 11 innings before Game Two was called to darkness. The Jeffs moved to 10-4-1 overall and 2-0-1 in divisional play, while Wesleyan dropped to 6-8-1 (0-2-1 NESCAC West).

Sophomore Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY) was stellar on the hill in game one, improving to 2-0 as he surrendered three runs on four hits and eight walks, while striking out seven in his second complete game of the season. Amherst jumped on top in the first inning as rookie Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) scored classmate Angus Schaller (Leucadia, CA) and junior Jared Banner (Brooklyn, NY) with a bases-loaded double. Junior second baseman Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, IL) grounded out to score sophomore designated hitter Neal Allar (Floyds, Knobs, IN), and junior Tom Scott (Randolph, NJ) capped the rally with a two-out double to score Powers.

Wesleyan fought back in the third, picking up a trio of runs, but that was the end of their offense. Amherst added a run in the top of the fourth as sophomore catcher Josh Card (North Adams, MA) doubled and later scampered home on a single by first-year Nat Pedley (Rye, NY). Three more crossed the plate for the Jeffs in the sixth as Schaller and Banner knocked RBI singles and Banner scored on an error.

Sophomore Louis Gabel (Port Jefferson Station, NY) took the loss in his first decision of the year for the Cardinals, giving up six runs on five hits and three walks in five innings.

In the second game, both squads did most of their damage early as Amherst picked up a run in the first and two in the third, while Wesleyan added a pair on the second before notching the equalizer in the fifth. Junior Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) drew the start for Amherst, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks before giving way to senior Joe Vladeck, who fanned 10 batters in 6.2 innings of scoreless work. Wesleyan junior Andre Sternberg (Berkeley, CA) coughed up only two earned runs on nine hits and three walks in a marathon-like 10 innings, while rookie Dusty Mones (Trumbull, CT) tossed the 11th.

Senior Dave Levinson (Chester Springs, PA) put Amherst on the board in the first, doubling and coming home on a single by Schaller, and back-to-back doubles from Schaller and Levinson led to the Jeffs' third-inning runs.  As the game was called in a tie, the contest may be either finished or replayed at a later date, to be announced.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 3 p.m. against visiting non-conference opponent Eastern Connecticut State University.