Jeffs Cruise Past Middlebury With Decisive 22-2 Win

Jeffs Cruise Past Middlebury With Decisive 22-2 Win
AUBURN, Mass. – For the third time this season, the Amherst College baseball team scored 20-plus runs as the Jeffs cruised to a decisive 22-2 win over NESCAC rival Middlebury College Friday night under the lights at Auburn High School.

With the win, Amherst is now 8-6 overall and 2-0 since returning from its spring break trip. The Panthers remain winless and drop to 0-10 on the year.

The Jeffs scored a run in every inning and totaled 18 hits en route to the commanding victory. Mike Odenwaelder '16 led the offensive efforts with an incredible 4-for-6 performance with four RBI and three runs scored. He was a home run shy of a cycle with two singles, a double and a triple. Eric West '15 hit a home run and finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, and Harry Roberson '18 and Andrew Vandini '16 recorded three hits each. Roberson was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and four runs scored, and Vandini finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs.

John Cook
'15 started for the Jeffs and tossed five innings, allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out two. JR Anderson '18 pitched three scoreless innings of relief work with three strikeouts and just two hits, while Drew Fischer '18 took the mound in the ninth and struck out two batters without surrendering a run.

Middlebury totaled 10 hits in the losing effort and were led by Ryan Rizzo with a 3-for-4 performance from the plate. Jason Lock and Raj Palekar each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Palekar added a RBI. Five different Panthers took the mound Friday night as Eric Truss earned the starting nod and tossed three innings.

It was all Amherst from the beginning of the game as they jumped out to a commanding 10-0 lead after just three innings. Middlebury cut the deficit to eight with two runs in the top of the fourth, but stranded three runners on base. In the bottom half of the inning, the Jeffs tacked on three more runs to build a 13-2 lead, putting the game out of reach as they cruised to the victory and capitalized on eight Middlebury errors.

The Jeffs and Panthers are scheduled to return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader at Auburn High School once again. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m.