Amherst Falls to Eastern Connecticut State, 7-3

By Alex Kantor

April 5 , 2007

WILLIMANTIC, CT – The Amherst College baseball team dropped a midweek match-up with Eastern Connecticut State University this afternoon, falling 7-3. The loss drops Amherst to 7-6 on the year, as the squad remains 3-0 in NESCAC play.

After poor weather forced the game to be moved a day later, Amherst traveled to southeastern Connecticut to face the Warriors of ECSU.  Amherst sent Ryan Platzbecker (Westlake, OH) to the mound for the start, but he lasted just a trio of innings.

First-year Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) made a relief appearance and picked up the loss, pitching three innings and surrendering five runs, two of which were earned.

The quartet of Neal Allar (Floyds Knob, IN), Nat Pedley (Rye, NY), Andy Thal (McLean, VA) and Mark Mazzone (Wilmette, IL) combined for Amherst's run production in the second, third and fourth innings.

In the top of the second, Tom Scott (Randolph, NJ) led off with a walk, before Pedley pushed him to third with a base hit so Thal could pick up the RBI single.

The following inning, Allar singled before Mazzone, Scott and Pedley each singled in a row to bring him home for the second Amherst run.

In the top half of the fourth frame Allar and Mazzone combined to bring home a waiting Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA). The hard work of this group was not enough as the Lord Jeffs were slowed by four errors on the day.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow against Hamilton College at 3 p.m. at a site to be determined.