Amherst Takes Two From Baseball

May 1, 2010

Middlebury played its final home games of the season on Saturday, dropping a pair to Amherst by scores of 8-6 and 8-2. The Panthers (10-15, 5-7) wrap up their season with two at Tufts on Sunday, while Amherst (18-11, 7-5) 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 earned an RBI single, Mike Samela scored on a fielder's choice, while Nolan Stewart plated Kevin Heller with a SAC 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 the bottom of the inning, but could not score.

Adam Medoff earned the win in relief for Amherst, allowing one hit and no earned runs over three innings of work, while Pat Harris picked up his fourth save of the year. Wheeler was 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the game, while Bob Cook went 3-4 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 SAC flies from Brian Merrigan and Cook. The Jeffs scored solo runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh, eight and 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 SAC 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 in the eighth made it a 6-2 Amherst lead. The Jeffs added a pair of runs in the ninth to earn the 8-2 victory.

Ryan Healy tossed the complete game win for Amherst, allowing no earned runs with four strikeouts. Cook went 3-3 with four RBI in the game, while Will Lawton went 4-4 with four runs scored. Middlebury starter John Wiet took the loss, allowing three earned runs over 5.2 innings of work.

Game one box - Game two box