Amherst Downs Middlebury
April 21, 2006
Middlebury saw its school-record 10-game winning streak come to an end as they fell 5-2 to Amherst in a NESCAC West match-up on Forbes Field. The Panthers allowed just one earned run in the game, but could not get to Joe Vladeck, who settled down after the first three innings, retiring 18 of the final 21 batters.
Middlebury jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning as Joe Ramoin doubled to left center, followed by a walk from Noah Walker. Ryan Armstrong plated Ramoin with a double down the left field line to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Middlebury left runners at second and third to end the inning.
The lead grew in the third inning after singles by Gabe Broughton and Ramoin put runners on first and second. Walker bunted the runners up before an RBI groundout to second by Armstrong scored Broughton.
Amherst cut the lead in half in the fourth inning as an RBI double to left center by Mark Mazzone scored Neal Allar who had walked earlier in the inning.
The Jeffs took a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning, sending nine men to the plate, scoring four of them on three hits and three Middlebury errors. Allar reached on a throwing error, scoring Jared Banner who had led off the inning as a pinch-hitter, who reached on another throwing error. Zach Schonberger doubled down the left field line to score Allar, before an RBI groundout by Brendan Powers scored Schonberger. Amherst added its fourth run of the inning as Josh Card singled to left, scoring Mazzone.
Middlebury would go quietly in the seventh, eighth and ninth as Vladeck moved to 5-0 on the season with the complete game win. Middlebury's Justin Wright suffered his first loss of the season, moving to 4-1 as he allowed one earned run over nine innings of work.
Armstrong went 2-3 with two RBI for Middlebury, while Ramoin was 2-4 with a double. Mazzone had a 3-4 afternoon with a double, Schonberger had a pair of doubles, while Dave Levinson went 2-4 for the Jeffs.