Junior hurler Joe Vladeck boasts a team-best 7-1 record with 59 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.67.
Jeffs Headed to Harwich, Mass. for NCAA Regional
May 16, 2005
AMHERST, MA - After winning its second consecutive NESCAC Championship, the Amherst College baseball team earned an automatic bid to its fifth NCAA Tournament and will open regional play Thursday at 7 p.m. against 22nd-ranked Wheaton College (29-10) at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass. The 42-team field is divided into eight double-elimination regionals, with winners advancing to the championship round, held May 27-31 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Fifth-ranked Trinity College (31-7), Suffolk University (26-10), Worcester State (24-15) and Salve Regina University (24-17) will also travel to Harwich.
Amherst (23-7-1) enters regional play on a roll, winning five of its last six, including a pair of NESCAC Tournament victories against Trinity. The Jeffs’ 8-7 win over Trinity in the NESCAC title game was one of the most dramatic in recent memory, as sophomore Jared Banner (Brooklyn, NY) belted a leadoff triple and scored on an errant relay throw in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending Amherst to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Amherst’s strengths are its pitching and defense. The Jeffs boast a .950 fielding percentage and feature four of the conference’s best pitchers - junior Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC), sophomores Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) and Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) and rookie Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY). Vladeck, who earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after picking up a pair of wins in the conference tournament, boasts a team-best 7-1 record with 59 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.67. Donahue (5-1) has won his last five decisions, including a complete-game one-hitter in Amherst’s NESCAC Tournament second-round win over Trinity. Meanwhile, Kehoe (3-2) was undefeated before suffering a complete-game 3-2 loss to NESCAC West Division foe Wesleyan, while Edgar (5-1) is second only to Vladeck in appearances (14) and innings pitched (53.1).
On offense, the Jeffs boast seven regulars with batting averages of .340 or better, including junior center fielder Andrew Green (Lexington, MA), who leads the team at .386 after hitting a cool .500 (7-for-14) in NESCAC Tournament play. He’s followed by junior shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) at .363, senior third baseman Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) at .362, sophomore right fielder Tom Scott (Randolph, NJ) at .357, senior left fielder Dave Powers (Andover, MA) at .355, junior first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) at .350 and Banner at .340. Schonberger paces the team in home runs (8) and RBIs (38), and Banner has 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
2005 NCAA Regional (Harwich, Mass. - Whitehouse Field)
Thursday, May 19
Game 1: #1 Trinity (31-7) vs. #6 Salve Regina (24-17), noon
Game 2: #2 Suffolk (26-10) vs. #5 Worcester St. (24-15), 3:30 p.m.
Game 3: #3 Wheaton (29-10) vs. #4 Amherst (23-7-1), 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, noon
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 1 winner, 3:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
Game 7: noon
Game 8: 3:30 p.m.
Game 9: 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
Game 10: noon
Game 11 (if necessary): 3:30 p.m.
AMHERST IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
1996 @ William Patterson College (1-2)
vs. William Patterson (L 13-7)
vs. Farleigh Dickinson (W 16-4)
vs. Montclair St. (L 13-12)
1997 @ Southern Maine (1-2)
vs. Brandeis (W 8-3)
vs. Southern Maine (L 23-3)
vs. Eastern Connecticut State (L 16-12)
1999 @ Southern Maine (3-2)
vs. Williams (W 11-4)
vs. Southern Maine (L 10-6)
vs. Trinity (W 6-5)
vs. Southern Maine (W 9-1)
vs. Brandeis (L 11-9)
2004 @ Eastern Connecticut St. (0-2)
vs. Eastern Conn. St. (L 5-2)
vs. Endicott (L 12-10)