Amherst College Weekly Spring Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 9 for athletic events from May 12 - May 19, 1997

 Baseball Plays in Second Straight NCAA Regional

Amherst concluded the 1997 baseball season in the NCAA New England Regional Tournament with a 26-6 record and as the No. 4 team in New England. Despite their absence from the Championship game, Amherst placed three athletes on the All-Tournament Team, as Dan Blednick (Melville, NY), Josh Carroll (Winchester, MA) and Dan Jin (Berkeley, CA) were recognized for outstanding defense and offense at the positions of catcher, leftfield and centerfield, respectively. In addition, senior Co-Captain Ian Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) and Greg Berchelmann (St. Louis, MO) were named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and are now qualified for Academic All America status.

The Jeffs kicked off the New England Regional by upsetting top-seeded Brandeis for a place in the winner's bracket. Jin drove in Amherst's first two runs with a double in the 3rd before sending his fifth home run of his senior season over the leftfield wall for a 7-0 lead. Jon Cross (Chevy Chase, MD) pitched 8 2/3 innings and struck out four to better his record to 4-1.

Facing Southern Maine in the winner's game, Amherst got off to a shaky start against a gusty wind. The Jeffs committed two of the team's three errors on the first two plays, setting up a four-run Husky 1st. Amherst got on the board in the bottom of the 6th when Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) reached first base with a lead off single and came home on a Jin shot into centerfield to cut the lead to 17-1. Southern Maine committed an error the following inning to put Larry Miles (Darnestown, MD) on base before Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) drilled a long double into deep centerfield for the RBI. Taking advantage of miscues, Carroll rounded out Amherst scoring in the 9th off the Huskies' second error of the game.

Hoping to avoid elimination, Amherst regrouped before its night game against third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University. The Jeffs responded to two Warrior runs in the top of the 1st with a two-run homer by Carroll, his fifth in the last eight games. Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) followed up in the 3rd with another two-run shot as the second of four Lord Jeff home runs in the game. Quattlebaum posted his first of his rookie season to score three runs in the bottom of the 5th, followed two batters later by Justin Cronk (Athens, GA) and his third of his senior year. In two games this season against the Warriors, Amherst has pounded seven homers for 15 RBI.

Eastern Connecticut rebounded with four runs in the 6th and seven in the top of the 9th to overcome a 12-4 deficit and advance to the Championship game. Graham Callaghan (Burlington, CT) struck out five in 4 2/3 innings for the Jeffs.


			Hitting: 48 or more at bats	Pitching Statistics
			AB	Hits	RBI	Bat. avg.	IP	Hits	K	ERA
Dan Jin '97		114	53	37	.465
Mike Sullivan '98	92	38	28	.413
Josh Carroll '98	113	44	42	.389
Justin Cronk '97	60	23	13	.383
Greg Berchelmann '00	127	46	47	.362
Mike Brendler '97	126	41	13	.325
Dan Blednick '98	102	31	15	.304
Hugh Quattlebaum '00	103	30	18	.291
Mike Grant '99		97	28	10	.289
Geoff Spies '98		56	8	10	.143
George Gumpert '99						5.0	1	1	1.80
Jon Cross '98		4	1	1	.250		44.2	39	21	2.42
Mike Spirito '98						25.2	24	19	2.81
Andy Ditchfield '99						22.0	18	12	2.86
Mike Sweeney '99						42.1	40	20	3.19
Graham Callaghan '99						32.0	42	21	3.38
Ian Downes '97		1	0	0	.000		50.2	50	39	3.55
Brock Safronoff '97						14.2	24	13	4.91
John O'Connell '97						15.2	28	8	9.77
Chris Smith '00							3.1	5	3	13.50
Amherst Totals		1080	366	250	.339		256.0	271	157	3.69
Opponent Totals		1023	271	116	.265		245.0	366	120	7.68

Final Season Record: 26-6 Last Week: NCAA New England Regionals, No. 4 seed No. 1 Brandeis, W 8-3 No. 2 Southern Maine, L 3-23 No. 3 Eastern Connecticut State University, L 12-16

 Men's Tennis Finishes 8th in NCAA Nationals

Amherst concluded its 1997 spring season with a 14-6 team match record and with an 8th place finish at the NCAA National Team Championship. Co-Captain Bruce Jacobs (Pittsburgh, PA) also qualified for the Singles Championship as one of the top-32 players in the nation. Winning the first set 6-2, the senior fell 6-4, 6-2 to the No. 5 seed in the first round.

Entering the tournament with a No. 4 seed, the Jeffs drew Washington College in the first round and fell 4-1 to the eventual national champion. Adam Wolf (Roslyn Heights, NY) posted the Jeffs' lone win in completed matches, and the junior posted a perfect 3-0 individual match record to better his season showing against Division III schools to 22-1.

Facing top-seeded UC Santa Cruz in the consolation semifinals, Harlan Stock (West Hartford, CT) and co-captains Jacobs and Ed Rosenfeld (Lexington, KY) posted wins at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, respectively. Yo Kobayashi (Palo Alto, CA) and Noah Lippe-Klein (Palo Alto, CA) nearly squeaked out the doubles point for Amherst, but fell 9-7 at the No. 2 spot. The pair did emerge victorious over Emory in the 7/8 match, as did Kobayashi at No. 5 singles in the 4-2 loss.


Individual Match Records	Singles		Doubles
Bruce Jacobs '97			15-10		7-16
Harlan Stock '99			15-8		13-10
Ryan Cole '98				11-12		13-10
Ed Rosenfeld '97			13-9		7-16
Yo Kobayashi '99			14-9		15-10
Adam Wolf '98				22-2		---
Noah Lippe-Klein '98			----		15-10

Final Season Record: 14-6 Last Week: NCAA Nationals at Washington & Lee, 8th place Washington College, L 1-4 UC Santa Cruz, L 2-4 Emory, L 2-4

 Men's and Women's Golf Compete at NCAA Championships

Men's golf rose a place a day to finish 20th in the nation after a No. 23 seeding entering the tournament. Junior Co-Captain Erik Hardenbergh (Wayland, MA) led the Jeffs with a 37th place finish, just 16 strokes behind the leader. Fellow Captain Stephen Brandt (Atlanta, GA) claimed 92nd with a four day total of 333, followed by Mark Still (Devon, PA), Ryan Szczpanik (Kensington, CT) and David Fiorentino (Winchester, MA) in 96th, 110th and 111th place, respectively.

Cyd Stevens (Lee's Summit, MO) went to NCAA Individuals for women's golf and finished 41st out of 63 competitors. The junior had a four day total of 362 on a par 73 course.


Last Week:	Men's NCAA Championship at Otterbein College, 20th place (1315)
		Stevens at NCAA Championshiip at Rollins College, 41st (362)

 Men's and Women's Track and Field Prepare for NCAAs

Four men and four women competed at the New England Open as two Jeffs prepare for the NCAA Championships this week in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Despite provisional qualifying marks in the 10,000 (31:24.79) by Donald Baril (Perrysburg, OH), the 400 (58.66) by Rachael Holloway (Lake Oswego, OR) and the Heptathlon (4,229 points) by Kate Rob (Montpelier, VT) the trio barely missed receiving invitations to the competition.

Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) and Amanda Weiss (Larchmont, NY)Jwill represent Amherst at the Championships in the men's 800 and the women's 3000. Mitchell is seeded 3rd with his automatic qualifying time of 1:51.35 and is eligible to run the 1500 with his 6th place seed-time of 3:51.99. Weiss has the option to finish out her collegiate career in the 1500, 300, 5000 or 10,000, four races in which she has surpassed the national standard during the regular season. The senior is seeded 6th in the 3000 (10:05.43), 7th in the 5000 (17:40.41), 12th in the 10,000 (37:38.51) and 15th in the 1500 (4:43.21)


Last Week: 	Women's New England Open at Williams
		Men's New England Open at Northeastern
This Week: 	Wed-Sat May 21-24 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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