Jeffs Improve to 18-11 with Pair of Wins at Middlebury

Courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst College baseball team inched closer to the 20-win mark by earning victories of 8-6 and 8-2 at Middlebury College Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (10-15, 5-7 NESCAC West) wrap up their season with two games at Tufts on Sunday, while Amherst (18-11, 7-5 NESCAC West) does the same with a twinbill at Fitchburg State.

Leading 1-0, Middlebury added four runs on four hits in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead in game one. An RBI-double down the right field line by Erich Enns drove in the first run, while Enns and Donald McKillop each scored on wild pitches. Michael Morris singled to left to plate Joseph Conway with two outs to make it a 5-0 game.

Amherst answered with three in the top of the fourth, making it a 5-3 game. Thomas Wheeler '12 (Minnetonka, MN) hit an RBI-single, Mike Samela '12 (Westport, CT) scored on a fielder's choice, and Nolan Stewart '13 (New Canaan, CT) plated Kevin Heller '12 (Brooklyn, NY) with a sacrifice fly.

Middlebury added a run in the sixth before Amherst exploded for five runs in the seventh. Samela's two-run single to center brought the Jeffs within one, before a single through the left side by Heller tied the game. Wheeler drove in the game-winning runs with a double to center to score Heller and Samela. Middlebury put two runners on in the bottom of the inning but could not score.

Adam Medoff '13 (San Francisco, CA) earned his first collegiate win in relief for Amherst, allowing one hit and no earned runs over three innings of work, while Pat Harris '11 (Rochester, NY) picked up his fourth save of the year. Wheeler was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs in the game, while Bob Cook '13 (Winnetka, IL) went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Nick Angstman fell to 2-3 for the Panthers, suffering the loss with 6.1 innings pitched. McKillop, Enns and Joseph Conway each had two hits in the game, with Enns belting a double.

Amherst took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of game two behind sacrifice flies from Brian Merrigan '11 (Holbrook, MA) and Cook. The Jeffs scored solo runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, adding two in the ninth to earn the victory.

Trailing 4-0, Middlebury struck for a pair of runs in the sixth. Zach Roeder drove in McKillop with a sacrifice fly to center, before Enns scored on a wild pitch.

An RBI-single to left from Cook in the seventh and an RBI-single through the right side from Scott Shaffer '11 (Boulder, CO) in the eighth made it a 6-2 Amherst lead. The Jeffs added a pair of runs in the ninth.

Ryan Healy '11 (Westport, CT) improved to 6-3 by tossing a complete-game win for Amherst, allowing no earned runs with four strikeouts. Cook went 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the game, while Will Lawton '10 (Newton, MA) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored. Middlebury starter John Wiet took the loss, allowing three earned runs over 5.2 innings of work. With his 6-for-7 performance, Cook bumped his season average to .463.