Amherst Off to 0-3 Start After Tough Loss to St. Lawrence

March 19, 2007

FT. MYERS, FL – The Amherst College baseball team dropped their third straight game to start the season when it faced against Saint Lawrence University in Ft. Myers, FL this evening. Amherst struggled in its first two games of the season, falling to The University of St. Thomas (MN) on Saturday by a score of 8-3, before dropping a 22-3 game against Salisbury on Sunday.  The team rebounded nicely, taking the Saints to extra frames, but ultimately fell 2-1 in 10 innings.

In their season opener, senior pitcher Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) started on the mound for the Jeffs, hoping to see the same success he had against the Tommies last season. Donahue went 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, striking out 3, while allowing only 2 earned runs. Amherst struggled in the later innings, eventually falling 8-3.

On Sunday, the Sea Gulls proved to be too much for the Lord Jeffs to recover against. While the match-up was Amherst's second game of the year, Salisbury entered the game with a 15-2 record, having scored 10, or more, runs in 8 previous games. Amherst managed to knock in a trio of runs again, with would not be enough to pull out a victory.

Senior outfielder Tom Scott (Randolph, NJ) was a bright spot for the Jeffs in the two first games, batting at .429 with a pair of singles, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base in his only attempt.

St. Lawrence sealed the victory with a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the tenth inning off Amherst rookie reliever John D'Angelo (Woodbridge, CT) , who dropped to 0-1 with the loss.

Senior hurler Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) drew the start and pitched six strong innings for Amherst, striking out 10 and scattering just five hits.  Kehoe's lone blemish was an opposite-field solo home run surrendered in the fourth inning.

Amherst scored its only run in the third when first-year shortstop Andy Thal (McLean, VA) led off with a walk, stole second and scored on an infield error.

Amherst managed just three hits in the loss – a double by sophomore Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) and a pair of singles by first-year Will Lawton (Newton, MA) and senior Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, IL). 

D'Angelo pitched 3.1 innings in relief and stranded five runners before St. Lawrence broke through with the game-winner. 

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday morning with a 9:00 twin-bill against Fredonia State, also in Fort Myers.