Baseball Splits With Amherst

April 22, 2006

Middlebury and Amherst split a NESCAC West doubleheader, giving the Jeffs the season series, two games to one. The Panthers return to action vs. St. Michael's on Wedneday before traveling to Hamilton to wrap up NESCAC West play next weekend. Amherst will play at Brandeis on Tuesday.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one as Zach Schonberger doubled down the right field line, scoring Andrew Green, who led off the game with a single to left. Middlebury took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Ryan Armstrong ripped a single down the left field line, scoring Joe Ramoin and Gabe Broughton. Amherst answered in the fifth as Green doubled, scoring Josh Card.

The game remained at 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth when the Panthers struck for four runs. John Lanahan doubled down the left field line to score Ramoin, before Alex Casnocha was hit by a pitch to plate Armstrong with the bases loaded. Mark Shimrock had the decisive hit as his single through the right side of the infield scored Nick Lefeber and Lanahan to give Middlebury a 6-2 lead.

Jack Britton would retire the side in the seventh to earn the complete game win for the Panthers, striking out four and allowing just five hits over seven innings of work. Brian Donahue took the loss, allowing six earned runs and just five hits over five and a third innings of work.

Ramoin was the lone Panther with two hits, while scoring a pair of runs. Green went 3-i with a double to lead Amherst.

In game two, the Jeffs again took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, as Green scored on a throwing error with two outs. Amherst made it a 3-0 game in the sixth as Mike Landman singled to left, scoring Brendan Powers. Landman later scored on a wild pitch before the inning came to a halt.

The Panthers got on the board in the seventh as Lanahan doubled to left, scoring Armstrong, who had led off the inning with a single up the middle. That would be the Panthers lone run of the game as Amherst added an insurance run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk by Schonberger.

Nick Kehoe earned the complete game win, allowing one run and five hits, while striking out five over nine innings of work. Steve Shortle suffered his first loss of the season, allowing two earned runs over six innings of work.

Armstrong went 2-4 to lead Middlebury at the plate, while Landman went 3-5 and Dave Levinson went 2-4 to pace Amherst.