Baseball Wins Home Opener 3-1 in Impressive Style

By Alex Kantor

April 10, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College baseball team moved two games above .500 this afternoon with an impressive 3-1 win in its home opener at Memorial Field in Amherst, MA. The Lord Jeffs downed Keene State College today, using a trio of solid pitching performances for the victory.

Junior hurler Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY) took the mound for Amherst to start today, and pitched a perfect game for three innings, striking out three. Edgar was on a limited pitch count for the mid-week non-conference match-up, and moved aside for teammate Ryan Platzbecker (Westlake, OH) before the top of the fourth.

Platzbecker surrendered the lone Owl run in the fourth frame, but pitched three solid innings giving up just two hits and walking three batters. His teammates would grab the run straight back in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, IN) picked up his team leading 23rd RBI to knock in first-year Andy Thal (McLean, VA).

Amherst would tack on runs in the seventh and eighth innings with junior Josh Card (North Adams, MA) and first baseman Nat Pedley (Rye, NY) grabbing an RBI apiece. First-year Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) picked up his second save of the year, pitching three perfect innings to close out the game.

Amherst moves to 8-6 with the win, and will return to action this weekend when the Jeffs face NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams for a three game home-away series which kicks off at home on Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m. before traveling to Williamstown for a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.