Amherst College Weekly Spring Sports Wrap-Up
Issue 2 for athletic events from April 1 - 6, 1998

 Baseball Posts 2-1 Week

Claiming a pair of wins to start the week, Amherst was edged out in the bottom of the final inning for a 2-1 showing toward a No. 5 ranking in New England in the Coaches' Poll. Despite imminent conditions, Amherst and Western New England College managed almost six innings of baseball before the game was called for rain and darkness. The Jeffs had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when senior co-captain Dan Blednick (Melville, NY) singled in leftfielder Josh Carroll (Winchester, MA), who had ripped a double to lead off the inning. WNEC answered in the top of the 6th to tie the game 1-1. Michael St. Clair (East Longmeadow, MA) opened the Amherst 6th with a triple deep into centerfield, and he scored on a wild pitch to the following batter. Junior righthander Andy Ditchfield (Lebanon, NH) went the distance for the Jeffs, striking out five and allowing only two hits in six innings.

Traveling to Trinity for the first doubleheader of the season, Amherst won game one by a 7-1 decision that featured a six-run 4th inning off five hits for the Jeffs. Blednick walked to lead off the inning, and senior Geoff Spies (Princeton, NJ) reached first on a fielder's choice. A single by rookie shortstop Jordan Krall (Encino, CA) scored Blednick, and senior co-captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) singled in Spies after leading off the game with his second home run of the year. Krall, Sullivan, Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) and Carroll then took advantage of a pair of wild pitches to take a 7-0 lead after 3.5 innings. Pitcher Mike Sweeney (Keene, NH) posted a complete game with six strikeouts whle allowing three hits.

In game two, Amherst claimed six runs off eleven walks as the Jeffs took a 13-9 lead after five innings. St. Clair knocked in a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, early in the first, and Quattlebaum added a grand slam in the third, driving in three walked batters for his fourth home run of his sophomore season. But Trinity pounded seven of its 19 hits in the final two innings, tallying three runs in the sixth two more in the bottom of the seventh to split the doubleheader with a 14-13 Bantam victory.


			Hitting: 21 or more at bats		Pitching Statistics
			AB	H	HR	RBI	BA	IP	H	K	ERA
Whit Griffinger '00	25	11	2	7	.440	
Michael St. Clair '99	48	21	4	12	.438	
Mike Sullivan '98	50	20	2	13	.400	
Dan Blednick '98	33	12	0	9	.364	
Hugh Quattlebaum '00	51	18	4	11	.353	
Josh Carroll '98	43	15	1	9	.349	
Greg Berchelmann '99	46	16	1	9	.348	
Jordan Krall '01	35	12	0	8	.243	
Mike Grant '99		34	11	0	8	.324	
Geoff Spies '98		25	8	0	4	.320	
Mike Sweeney '99						28.7	24	30	2.20
Dave Siegle '01							3.3	1	5	2.70
Kevin Downes '01	4	2	0	2	.750	13.3	13	12	3.38
Jon Cross '98							16.3	18	13	3.86
Andy Ditchfield '99						20.7	18	19	3.92
George Gumpert '99						2.0	2	1	4.50
Mike Spirito '98						5.0	4	4	5.40
Graham Callaghan '99						15.0	28	12	7.20
Team Totals		440	156	14	97	.355	104.3	108	96	3.88
Opponent Totals		420	108	11	51	.257	102.0	156	51	8.82


Current Record: 11-3, 10-2 v. Division III
Last Week:	WNEC, W 2-1
		at Trinity (2), W 7-1, L 13-14
This Week:	Wed Apr 8 at Mass College, 3:00pm
		Thu Apr 9 at UMass-Dartmouth, 3:30pm
		Sat Apr 11 Suffolk (2), 12:00pm

 Softball Splits with Trinity

Softball posted a 1-1 record for the week after splitting a doubleheader with NESCAC rival Trinity. Sophomore Allison Schwarting (Los Angeles, CA) led the Jeffs by going 6-for-7 at the plate with three stolen bases and three runs, complemented by allowing only two hits and one unearned run from the mound for her eighth win of the season.

Schwarting led off the afternoon with a triple, and she would score Amherst's only run in game one off a single by Melissa Roja (Los Altos Hills, CA). Senior co-captain Jen Shea (Hatfield, MA) struck out four and stranded five, but a trio of errors helped the Bantams earn a 4-1 win in the first.

Amherst rebounded in game two, however, pounding out 15 hits toward a 13-1 victory. Schwarting and Liza Feldman (Sudbury, MA) were perfect at the plate, each notching a pair of runs. The Jeffs tallied six in the fourth off five hits and by taking advantage of two Bantam errors to send five straight batters back around home plate. Junior Sandy Accordino (Closter, NJ) and senior co-captain Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) each had three RBI in game two with Rinaldi's third coming off her fifth home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning.


			Hitting: 24 or more at bats		Pitching Statistics
			AB	H	HR	RBI	BA	IP	H	K	ERA
Allison Schwarting '00	51	26	1	8	.510	64.0	53	46	1.97
Sarah Rinaldi '98	51	20	5	21	.392
Melissa Roja '00	38	14	0	6	.368
Victoria Gonzalez '99	42	14	0	2	.333
Liza Feldman '00	36	12	1	5	.333
Meghan Nelson '01	38	12	0	8	.316
Darcy Sweeney '00	44	13	0	11	.295
Lindsay Thomas '01	25	7	0	4	.280
Sandy Accordino '99	25	5	1	7	.200
Jen Shea '98		5	0	0	0	.000	33.0	31	16	3.18
Team Totals		413	131	8	78	.317	97.0	84	62	2.38
Opponent Totals		389	84	1	26	.216	94.0	131	25	5.73

Current Record: 12-4, 12-3 v. Division III
Last Week: at Trinity (2), L 1-4, W 13-1
This Week:	Tue Apr 7 Smith (2), 3:30pm
		Sat Apr 11 Norwich (2), 12:00pm

 Men's Lacrosse Splits Weekend

Men's lacrosse split a pair of weekend games to Maine rivals Colby and Bates to push Amherst's record to 6-3 as the No. 22 ranked team in the nation. Amherst hoped to avenge last year's overtime loss to Colby in the Jeffs' first home game on Hitchcock Field, but they found themselves trailing 4-1 early in the second quarter. Rookie Robbie Gibson (South Salem, NY) posted a pair of goals in the first half toward a 4-2 deficit at haltfime before Amherst fought back in the second half. Junior Kyle Bohannon (Boca Raton, FL) notched his first score of the day to cut the lead to 4-3 just three minutes into the second half, and senior quad-captain Todd Robin (Baltimore, MD) kept the margin at one, 5-4, at the end of three periods. Reminiscent of the Springfield game a week earlier, Bohannon chipped further into the Colby lead with just 26 seconds to play and Amherst down 6-5 with possession of the ball after a Mule penalty. But, despite solid goaltending and 13 saves by junior Bryan Goldstein (Milton, MA), Amherst fell 6-5 to the White Mules.

Amherst avenged its loss with a 14-7 drubbing of Bates at Phillips Academy the following day. Senior long-stick defenseman Ben Beckman (Cleveland Heights, OH) posted his first career goal to tie the match at 1-1 in the first, and he added his second in the third. After trailing 1-0 early in the game, the Jeffs rattled off six straight toward a 6-1 lead early in the second quarter toward an 8-4 halftime advantage. Amherst added six more in the third quarter to lead by as much as 10, bolstered by three-goal, one-assist performances by Sam Altman (Owing Mills, MD) and James DeLuca (Rochester, NY). Keeper Corey Simonson (Brookline, MA) made 17 saves in his first start to hold off the eighth most prolific scoring team in the nation.


No	Name			G	A	P
14	Sam Altman '00		18	12	30
10	Matt Roy '99		13	12	25
22	Jason Sowers '00	12	6	18
21	Kyle Bohannon '99	12	8	20
5	Payson Bullard '99	7	8	15
2	James DeLuca '99	9	5	14
1	Todd Nichols '99	9	3	12
36	Andy Neviaser '98	5	1	6
13	Robbie Gibson '01	4	2	6
15	Eric Edelson '01	3	3	6
9	Geoff Hengerer '99	4	1	5
33	John Laufer '99		2	3	5
23	Todd Robin '98		1	3	4
31	Eric Kahrl '00		3	0	3
34	David Pitney '01	3	0	3
12	Ben Beckman '98		2	1	3
27	J.P. Bruneau '01	2	0	2
Amherst Totals			119	68	177
Opponent Totals			79	33	112

Goalkeeping			GP	W	L	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA
7	Bryan Goldstein '99	8	5	3	351	65	46	.586	7.86
20	Corey Simonson '01	5	1	0	169	31	30	.508	10.65
8	Pat Korody '00		2	0	0	20	6	3	.667	9.00
Amherst Totals			9	6	3	540	102	79	.564	8.78
Opponent Totals			9	3	6	540	110	119	.480	13.22

Current Record: 6-3
Last Week:	Colby, L 5-6
		Bates (at Andover), W 14-7
This Week: Sat Apr 11 at Middlebury, 2:00pm

 Women's Lacrosse Ranked 14th in Nation

Amherst women's lacrosse claims a No. 14 national ranking in the first IWLCA Poll, picking up right where the team had left off after its first ECAC Championship season in 1997. Amherst registered a pair of wins last week, first a 16-3 rout of Springfield College where Jen Corso (Collingswood, NJ) and Heather Kestner (Wilmington, DE) each notched four goals a piece, then a 12-6 victory over Connecticut College. Senior tri-captain Heidi Cline (Andover, MA), who had surpassed the 100-goal career mark last week, contributed four against the Camels to pull away with the victory. Cline has scored three or more goals in all six games this season.

Amherst had taken a 5-1 lead on Conn College at the break behind four different players. Adding a sixth goal to open the second half, Amherst watched as the Camels rallied to score five of the next six to cut Amherst's lead to 7-6 with just under 11 to play. Corso's second goal shut down the Camels as Amherst closed out the game with five unanswered, including the third goal of the game by rookie Kristin Osborn (Morristown, NJ) with just two seconds remaining. Amherst fired 34 shots at the Camel net while the defense held Conn College to just 17 for the day.


No.	Name			G	A	P
15	Heidi Cline '98		22	3	25
23	Jen Corso '99		12	5	17
24	Heather Kestner '98	10	4	14
17	Kristin Osborn '01	7	5	12
11	Alie Stechenberg '00	8	3	11
16	Katherine Poulin '00	3	2	5
12	Sarah Scheessele '01	3	1	4
10	Rachel Bernstein '00	2	1	3
3	Julia Powell '01	1	0	1
4	Irene Permut '99	0	1	1
19	Jess Flynn '98		0	1	1
20	Alexa Faigen '01	0	1	1
Amherst Totals			68	28	96
Opponent Totals			43	12	55

Goalkeeping		GP	W	L	Min	Svs	GA	Sv%	GAA
33  Sarah Evans '99	6	4	2	321	38	40	.487	7.48
32  Jess Thaxton '01	2	0	0	39	3	3	.500	4.63
Amherst Totals		6	4	2	360	43	43	.488	7.17
Opponent Totals		6	2	4	360	68	68	.588	11.33

Current Record: 4-2
Last Week:	at Springfield, W 16-3
		at Connecticut College, W 12-6
This Week: Thu Apr 9 at Smith, 4:00pm

 Men's Tennis Wins Three

Coming off a near defeat of Division I Colgate, men's tennis registered a trio of wins toward a 5-3 record, 5-2 against Division III opponents. Facing Connecticut College, the NESCAC rivals were tied 3-3 with the final match in progress as senior Adam Wolf (Roslyn Heights, NY) battled in the second set at No. 3 singles. Edging out his opponent 7-2 in the first-set tie-break, Wolf outlasted the Camel, 6-4 in the second for a 4-3 team victory.

At Middlebury the following day, senior co-captain Noah Lippe-Klein (Palo Alto, CA) was pushed to three sets for the first time this season, but earned the win at No. 5 singles. Both Wolf and Lippe-Klein boast a 7-1 match record to date as both tacked on another victory against Brandeis. Scott Chase (North Andover, MA) registered his second 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles against Brandeis, and the sophomore has dropped a total of five singles games this season.

Individual Match Records	Singles	Doubles
Harlan Stock '99		3-5	1-2
Ryan Cole '98			4-4	6-2
Adam Wolf '98			7-1	0-0
Reeve Segal '01 		4-4	5-3
Yo Kobayashi '99		2-3	2-2
Noah Lippe-Klein '98 		7-1	3-5
Scott Chase '00			3-0	5-3
Matt Fox '99			0-0	6-2
Addison West '01		0-0	0-1

Current Record: 5-3, 5-2 v. Division III
Last Week:	at Tufts, postponed to Wed Apr 15 at 3:00pm
		Connecticut College, W 4-3
		at Middlebury, W 6-1
		Brandeis, W 5-2
Up Next:	Wed Apr 8 at Trinity, 4:00pm
		Sat Apr 11 Wesleyan, 1:00pm

 Women's Tennis Sweeps Two

Playing a pair of matches last Saturday, women's tennis registered 9-0 sweeps of Brandeis and MIT. Junior Neely Steinberg (Concord, MA) registered two 6-0, 6-0 wins to remain undefeated at No. 3 singles, while rookie Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) did likewise at No. 1. Steinberg and partner Pam Diamond (Trumbull, CT) boast a 5-0 record after finishing the fall 14-3 as three-time New England Doubles Champions. Facing MIT, the team dropped a total of seven games in six singles and three doubles flights to the Engineers as senior captain Sally Childs (Rye, NY) blanked both her singles and doubles opponent.
Individual Match Records	Singles	Doubles
Jamie Cohen '01			5-0	4-1
Pam Diamond '99			4-1	5-0
Neely Steinberg '99		5-0	5-0
Sam Toerge '99			2-3	1-1
Sally Childs '98		4-1	4-1
Carolyn Pastel '01		4-1	4-1
Patti Jo '01			0-0	3-0

Current Record: 4-1 spring, 13-1 overall
Last Week:	Brandeis, W 9-0
		MIT, W 9-0
This Week: Sat Apr 11 at Wellesley, 1:00pm

 Track and Field Races at the Bantam Invitational

Men's and women's track and field competed at the Trinity College "Bantam Invitational". The 4x400 relay and junior Anne Bertkau (Wilton, CT) in the 400 hurdles claimed fifth place finishes while rookie Kristie Ford (Worthington, OH) notched a sixth place finish in the 100 hurdles for the women. Leading the men was a second place clocking in the 800 by sopohomore Jeff Willis (Kobe, Japan), followed by junior Erick Hung (Orinda, CA) tied for fifth. Aaron Beim (Princeton, NJ) and Rafe Jones (Berea, KY) earned third and fifth in the 10000, while Jared Moshe (Chappaqua, NY) claimed sixth in the 200. The men's 4x400 relay also took second place for Amherst.
Last Week: at Bantam Invitational, Hartford, Connecticut
This Week: Sat Apr 11 at Springfield Invitational, 10:00am

 Women's Golf Competes at Lady Eagle Invitational

Women's golf claimed an eigth place finish in the Boston College Invitational to lead all Division III schools. Junior Leah Ricci (Brockton, MA) led the team with a 143 on 27 holes to place 29th overall, followed by senior Elena Gadient (West Bend, WI) just one stroke and one place behind. Also scoring for Amherst were sophomore Devon Biondi (Leeds, ME) and senior Robbin Bubb (Houston, TX).
Last Week: at Lady Eagle Invitational, Boston College
Up Next: Fri-Sat Apr 17-18 at Hartford Invitational

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