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1999 Baseball

BREAKING NEWS: NCAA Coverage

Brandeis Defeats Amherst in Regional Finals, 11-9

Jeffs Sweep Trinity and Southern Maine


Southern Maine Comes From Behind, Beat Jeffs 10-6


Jeffs Brand the Ephs 11-4 in NCAA New England Regional, Take on Southern Maine Tonight


Jeffs Receive #3 Seed in NCAA New England Regional, Take on #4 Williams Thursday Afternoon at Southern Maine


The Amherst College Baseball Program is recognized by players, coaches, fans and professional baseball men as one of the finest and most successful collegiate programs in the Northeast. Since 1966, the Amherst teams have won 70% of their games and consistently have been one of the premiere programs in New England. Since the New England rating poll began in 1980, Amherst has been ranked in the top-3 eleven times, and in the top-8 fifteen of those 18 seasons. The 1980, '81, '84 and '88 were ranked No. 1, and the '82 and '95 clubs were ranked second. The Lord Jeffs have also won 19 of the 27 Little Three Titles.

1997 NCAA Regional Finals

Since 1973, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has sponsored a New England Division III Championship. Amherst has been selected to a remarkable 19 of the 25 tournaments, seeded No. 1 nine times, and hosted the tournament ten times. Amherst has emerged as the ECAC Champion five times, in 1980, '81, '84, '90 and '91.

The Presidents of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) voted in 1993 to allow teams to participate in NCAA Championships. 1997 is the second straight year that Amherst Baseball has been selected to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The 1995 squad couldn't compete due to the exam schedule.

The Amherst Program and coaching staff is structured and committed to teaching and drilling individual techniques so that a player may advance in baseball as far as his desire, potential and ability permits. As with the students' academic endeavors, the goal is excellence, in individual as well as team performance.

Of the nineteen Amherst players who have signed professional contracts, only three had been previously drafted out of high school. Two players, RHP Rich Thompson '80 and LHP John Cerutti '82, were major league pitchers. Fourteen other former Amherst players have been or are currently in the administrative or operational sector of Major League Baseball, including a general manager, club vice president, major league coach, minor league manager, player development men, scouts, marketing and public relations personnel. This record clearly demonstrates the Amherst players' love, interest and respect for the game and the tradition of excellence within the program.

To maintain a consistently competitive program, the coaching staff is committed to continuously searching for and recruiting top scholar-athletes who seek a rigorous academic education and a top-notch instructional and challenging baseball program. The primary goal of all Amherst student-athletes is to obtain a first-class academic education and degree.

* Amherst College won the first intercollegiate baseball game ever played when it defeated Williams College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts by a score of 73-32 in 1859 *

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 Sports around the league: Amherst participates as an NCAA Division III institution in 27 varsity sports. The College on the Hill is affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and is a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Other members are: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, Williams College

 

If you have any questions or comments about Amherst Athletics, please send them to Colin Barnacle '98, Sports Information Director.


Created by Irene Cheung '96. Copyright © 1997 Amherst College. All rights reserved.

Last Modified on July 14, 1998