Jeffs Fall to Babson for First Loss of Season

WINTER HAVEN, FL – The Amherst College baseball team continued to pile on the runs but could not pick up the program's first-ever win over Babson, as the Beavers (3-2) earned a 17-8 win over the Lord Jeffs (4-1) Wednesday afternoon.

Amherst, which has averaged 11.4 runs per game during the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, is now 0-4 against Babson all-time. The Lord Jeffs were attempting to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2000. Amherst will take on Fitchburg State College Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Babson scored 17 runs on 14 hits, while Amherst's eight runs came on 12 hits. Each team committed one error in the field. The Beavers scored at least one run in five of the first six innings and broke things open with a five-run sixth. The Lord Jeff pitchers struggled to find the strike zone, combining to walk 10 batters and hit three others. Babson advanced a total of nine bases on passed balls and wild pitches. 

Teddy Blank '10 (Waban, MA) pitched the first 3.1 innings to pick up the loss, followed by 2.1 innings from Adam Medoff '13 (San Francisco, CA), 1.1 by John D'Angelo '10 (Woodbridge, CT) and 2.0 by David Fredlund '12 (Thomaston, CT), who was making his first collegiate appearance. The Beavers had five extra-base hits, including two triples and a home run. 

Amherst picked up five runs in the eighth inning, but Babson already had 17 by that point. The Jeffs also scored twice in the third and once in the fourth. Sophomore John Wagner (Evanston, IL) and senior co-captain Will Lawton (Newton, MA) each went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Lawton was only a single away from hitting for the cycle. 

Scott Shaffer '11 (Boulder, CO), Mike Samela '12 (Westport, CT) and Bryce Einhorn '11 (Scarsdale, NY) each had two singles for Amherst but drove in no runs.