Amherst Blanks Fitchburg State, 7-0

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Andy Ditchfield (Lebanon, NH), Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) and Graham Callaghan (Burlington, CT) combined to strike out 14 Falcons as Amherst College (18-8) shut out Fitchburg State College (5-20) at Hitchcock Field. Ditchfield earned the win as he fanned nine in six innings. Callaghan closed out the 9th with a trio of Ks.

Junior centerfielder Spencer Christensen (Southboro, MA) went 3-for-5 and scored three runs while stealing two bases for Amherst. Senior co-captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) also was 3-for-5 at the plate. The leftfielder knocked in three runs before scoring in the bottom of the 5th when a Falcon error turned a single into an infield home run. Fitchburg State committed eight errors in nine innings.

Junior centerfielder Scott Marchand (Fitchburg, MA) led the Falcons with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Joshua Bremberg (Melrose, MA) pitched a complete game for Fitchburg State as he struck out five and walked none.

The Jeffs next face Little III rival Wesleyan tomorrow at 3:30pm in Amherst.

			1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -- R  H  E
Fitchburg State (5-20)	0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -- 0  6  8
Amherst (18-8)		1  0  1  0  2  0  1  2  x -- 7  12 0
Joshua Bremberg and Dan Berube. Andy Ditchfield, Kevin Downes (7), Graham Callaghan (9) and Whit Griffinger, Dan Blednick (7).
WP - Ditchfield (6-1). LP - Bremberg (1-7).
LOB - A 5, F 6.
2B - A Sullivan, Grant. 3B - F Marchand.

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