Baseball Loses To Amherst In Series-Opener

April 5, 2013

Amherst's Bob Cook took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and the Lord Jeff baseball team pounded out 14 hits en route to an 11-0 win over Middlebury in the opener of the teams' NESCAC West weekend series on Friday at Memorial Field.

Brendon Hardin, Mike Odenwaedler and Danny Pillitteri each went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs for Amherst (10-5, 1-0 NESCAC West), providing more than enough support for Cook. The senior dominated the Panther lineup, striking out nine while walking one in 8.1 shutout innings as he saw his no-hit bid broken up by Middlebury's Steven Bodine's pinch-hit grounder up the middle with one out in the ninth.

Eric Kotin relieved Cook after the single, completing the one-hitter as he retired the final two Panthers to drop Middlebury to 1-3 in the division (3-8 overall) heading into Saturday's doubleheader.

Eric Truss suffered the loss for the Panthers, lasting four innings and surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits. The righty was effective through the opening two frames, but Amherst left fielder Alex Hero pulled a two-run home run over the wall in right in the third inning.

The Jeffs added four more in the fourth before senior Andy Dittrich came on to relieve Truss in the fifth, pitching two scoreless frames before running into trouble in the seventh as he was touched for five runs. Rookie Sawyer Olson pitched a scoreless eighth for Middlebury.