Lord Jeffs Drop Make-Up Against Hamilton 9-3

From a Hamilton College release

CLINTON, NY - The Amherst College baseball team dropped a make-up NESCAC-West game at Hamilton College this afternoon, falling 9-3. With the loss, the Lord Jeffs dropped to 16-12 overall (7-4 NESCAC-West) and was unable to clinch a spot in the upcoming conference tournament. The Jeffs can punch their ticket to the NESCAC Championship with a loss by Wesleyan to Middlebury later today, or by beating archrival Williams tomorrow.

The Lord Jeffs scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, only to see the the Continentals return the favor in the bottom of the first with two of their own. Amherst junior Will Lawton (Newton, MA) reached on a throwing error by the Hamilton second basemen, and then took second on a wild pitch. Rookie Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, NY) drove in his team-leading 36th RBI with a double to right-center to score Lawton, before scoring Amherst's second run on a single by classmate Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN).

Hamilton started the home-half of the first with a lead-off single, before Alex Augustyn hit a homerun to right field to tie the game 2-2. The Continentals took a 6-2 lead with four runs in the bottom of the third, while Amherst grabbed one run back in the fifth. Amherst's final run of the afternoon came off the bat of Heller once again, knocking in number 37 on a single to right to score John Wagner (Evanston, IL). 

The Jeffs were unable to score another run, as Hamilton increased its lead to 9-3 before the end of the day. Heller powered Amherst's offense once again, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while senior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) went 2-for-3 on the day. Hamilton was led by Augustyn who went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored.

Sophomore Ryan Healy (Westport, CT) took the loss for Amherst, going 6.0 innings while surrendering seven earned runs on seven hits. Healy struck out seven, with just one walk in the effort. Dan Kroening picked up the win for Hamilton with 4.0 innings of one-run work, on five hits.

Amherst will face archrival Williams College tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the 2009 season finale at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The game is being played in conjunction with an all day celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first intercollegiate baseball game. A vintage game between Amherst and Williams alums will be played at 11am, with the varsity game being played live on ESPN360.com. Read more about the event and grab links to the webcast by clicking here.