Amherst Comeback Falls Just Short Against Williams

By Alex Kantor

April 13, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College baseball team dropped its first NESCAC West game of the season today, losing to the Williams College 10-8 at Memorial Field in Amherst.  The Lord Jeffs fell behind 9-0, before scoring eight unanswered runs to get back into the game.

Williams jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, scoring four runs in the frame off senior hurler Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT). Kehoe walked the bases loaded in the top of the second before giving up back-to-back 2 RBI hits.

The veteran pitcher settled in for Amherst, retiring the Ephs in order in the third and fourth innings, before getting into a jam in the top of the fifth frame. Kehoe surrendered four hits for four runs in the fifth inning, before being relieved by Amherst sophomore Matt Hinckley (Carlsbad, CA).

Hinckley and first-year close Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) would virtually shut down the Ephs from there, allowing just a single run scored on 3 hits in four innings. Amherst would mount a valiant effort over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, scoring eight unanswered runs to creep within a single tally of a tie.

Pushing the Amherst comeback was second baseman Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, IL) who went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and 2 runs-scored, while senior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) also had a pair of hits and an RBI.

Williams was able to grab a solo run in the top of the eighth inning when Eph Chris Kenney knocked home teammate Kevin Flynn after he was hit by a pitch and moved to second by a walk. Kenney went 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs on the day.

Amherst falls to 8-7 on the season, but remains solid at 3-1 in NESCAC West play, and returns to action tomorrow afternoon when the Jeffs travel to Williams to face the Ephs in a doubleheader at Noon.