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Jeffs Fall to NESCAC and Little Three Rival Williams, 15-5

Matt Potter '04
Sophomore third baseman Matt Potter had a big day at the plate for Amherst

May 3, 2002

DEERFIELD, MA - The Amherst College baseball team was downed by NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College, 15-5, Friday afternoon at Deerfield Academy. The Ephs jumped out on top with six runs in the first inning. The Jeffs cut the lead to 6-5 in the sixth inning, but Williams was able to answer with nine more runs on their way to victory and a NESCAC Tournament berth.

Senior Mark Scialabba (Queensbury, NY) smacked an RBI single to left field to begin the Williams flurry in the bottom of the first. Senior catcher Matthew Starkey (Falmouth, MA) then hit a towering pop-fly that was misplayed by the Amherst right fielder, to score the sixth run of the inning. Sophomore pitcher Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) then came in to relieve senior hurler Dave Krauser (Short Hills, NJ) and get the final out of the first inning.

The Jeffs chipped away at the lead throughout the middle innings. Sophomore third baseman Matt Potter (Durham, NC) knocked an RBI single into the outfield that scored first year shortstop Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ), who singled to start the third inning. Amherst notched a pair of runs in the top of the fourth when junior first baseman Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA) scored on an Ephs throwing error. Potter then lined an RBI double down the right field line to score another run and the cut the lead to 6-3. The Jeffs made it 6-5 in the sixth when Potter hit into a fielder's choice, sending Santry across home plate.

Amherst could not even the score as Williams went on to rack up nine more runs. The Ephs put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, tallying five runs. Krauser took the loss for the Jeffs and fell to 5-2, while first-year pitcher Chris Bodnar (Carlisle, MA) improved to 7-1.

With the loss, Amherst drops to 17-15 overall and 6-6 in conference play, while Williams improves to 21-10 and 8-4. The Jeffs return to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. for a regular season doubleheader finale against visiting non-league foe Colby College.

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