FORT MYERS, FL – First-year Mike Sutton (Montreal, QC) pitched well enough to keep things close with national powerhouse University of Saint Thomas, but the Amherst College baseball team could not provide enough support for its rookie southpaw. The Lord Jeffs committed five errors and were held to just six hits, as the Tommies earned a 9-0 victory to remain unbeaten on the season.
Sutton's pitch count ran high in the early going when two Amherst errors in each of the second and third innings led to five unearned runs for Saint Thomas. The Tommies did not score again until they chased Sutton from the game in the sixth inning by putting runners on second and third with one out. Saint Thomas would score two that inning for the first earned runs of the game.
The Tommies tacked on their final two runs in the top of the eighth off of Amherst sophomore reliever Teddy Blank (Waban, MA) and held on for the 9-0 win. Sutton (1-1) struck out three, walked two, and surrendered seven hits for two earned runs in 5.1 innings, while Blank struck out three batters and walked one, allowing six hits in the final 3.2 innings.
Junior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) stood out above the rest of the Amherst team as the lone Lord Jeff to record multiple hits in addition to yet another stellar defensive performance. Powers was a wall at third base, picking up six assists and catching a pair of hard-hit line drives in an errorless game.
Juniors Mike Neff (New York, NY) and Nat Pedley (Rye, NY)were each 1-for-3 on the day, as was senior co-captain Josh Card (North Adams, MA). Fellow co-captain Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, IN) went 1-for-2 with a walk, moving his season batting average to .405 to go along with his team-leading 12 RBIs.
The Jeffs have posted a 5-4 record in Florida and will wrap up their southern swing Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against Fredonia State University.