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Potter, Leduc Earn All-NESCAC Honors

Matt Potter '04
Sophomore Matt Potter had a breakout season in 2002 with a scorching .409 batting average

May 22, 2002

AMHERST, MA Amherst College placed two players on the 2002 All-NESCAC baseball team. Sophomore third baseman Matt Potter (Durham, NC) posted a team-high .409 bating average en route to a first-team selection, while senior hurler Jeff Leduc (Pittsfield, MA) earned second-team honors for the second consecutive season.

Potter jumped out to a torrid start in 2002, hitting safely in the Jeffs' first 13 games and eventually finishing fourth in the NESCAC in batting. He also led the Jeffs in hits (52) and RBI's (24) and was perfect on the base paths, stealing six bases in six attempts.

Meanwhile, Leduc's 4-2 record and 1.91 ERA placed him third in the NESCAC in pitching, and his 61.1 innings pitched, four complete games and two shutouts were all team-highs. He had one of the most impressive outings of his career when he pitched 12 scoreless innings in a 2-0 win at NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College on April 7, earning a combined shutout with teammate Andy Kerns. As a second-team All-Conference selection in 2001, Leduc finished second in the NESCAC and finished 15th in the nation in ERA (1.74) and posted a team-best 5-1 record.

Amherst finished its season at 19-15 and 6-6 in divisional play, narrowly missing out on a berth in the four-team NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament.

Senior designated hitter Mark Scialabba of Williams and junior pitcher Jonah Bayliss of Trinity were named the 2002 NESCAC Baseball Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Scialabba led the conference with a .437 batting average, 13 home runs, and 55 runs batted in. He scored 38 runs and added nine doubles. Bayliss posted an 8-1 record with a 2.43 earned run average. He yielded just 36 hits in 66 and two-thirds innings and struck out 84 hitters.

Williams pitcher Chris Bodnar earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. He posted a 6-2 record with 53 strikeouts in 58 innings. First-year Wesleyan head coach Mark Woodworth a former Amherst assistant earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Cardinals to first place in the West Division and a third-place finish in the conference tournament.