Jeffs End Busy Weekend with Doubleheader Sweep of Saint Michael's

Courtesy of Saint Michael's Sports Information 

COLCHESTER, VT - The Amherst College baseball team rode a complete-game four-hitter from senior Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY) and five RBIs from senior co-captain Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, IN) in game one of Sunday's doubleheader at Saint Michael's College, as the Lord Jeffs cruised to an 11-0 victory. In the second game, senior Evan Bruno (Williamsburg, VA) belted a two-out RBI-triple to bring in the eventual game-winning run in the eighth inning, as Amherst took a 7-5 win in extra frames.

Amherst departed for Saint Michael's College less than one hour after completing a marathon doubleheader with fifth-ranked and unbeaten Trinity College on Saturday, but the Lord Jeffs showed no signs of fatigue in the front end of Sunday's doubleheader, scoring 11 runs on 14 hits while committing no errors in the field.

In his last home game on the mound, senior right-hander Alex McIntire went 5.2 innings and struck out two before PhilJennette pitched 1.1 innings of relief for Saint Michael's. Being held scoreless, seniors Evan Grenier and John Kunkel each knocked a base hit in the lop-sided affair.

For the Lord Jeffs, Edgar went the distance while striking out 11 and walking none. Classmate and catcher Neal Allar led the Amherst offense, going 3-for-4 and driving in five runs, including a two-run blast in the sixth.

In a see-saw battle through eight innings, it was the Lord Jeffs driving in a pair of runs in the top of the eighth in the nightcap to seal the doubleheader sweep. First-year right-hander Max McKenna (Lexington, MA) pitched 4.1 innings of relief to earn the win while allowing three hits and striking out two.

Allar struck again with a pair of hits, but junior Angus Schaller's (Leucadia, CA) team-leading eighth home run in the top of the seventh catapulted Amherst past the Purple Knights. Brunoalso knocked in a pair of runs while going 2-for-4 in the nightcap, including his two-out triple that gave Amherst a 6-5 lead. Senior Nick Boehm (Shaker Heights, OH) capped things off with an RBI-single to plate Bruno for an insurance run, as the class of 2008 came up big all day for the Jeffs.

For Saint Michael's, junior Jake Chadwick drove in the game-tying run in the seventh as part of a 2-for-3 afternoon. One batter later, a laser from first-year centerfielder Scott Schaffer (Boulder, CO) gunned down Chadwick at home to save the game for the Lord Jeffs following a line drive from Grenier. Sopohmore right-hander Mike McDonough  pitched eight innings of courageous baseball, but 13 hits caught up to the Purple Knights who played a game of errorless baseball.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Wednesday for a single home game against Springfield College, as Amherst will be gunning for its 20th victory of the season.