Rookie first baseman Dave Levinson drove in four runs in Saturday's 10-2 win over Middlebury.
Levinson Named NESCAC Player of the Week;
Amherst to Host NESCAC Championship Tournament this Friday Through Sunday
May 6, 2003
AMHERST, MA - Rookie first baseman Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week honors after leading Amherst College to a three-game sweep over visiting Middlebury on Saturday and Sunday. The trio of wins gave the Jeffs the NESCAC West Division championship, as well as the host seed for the conference championship tournament to be held this Friday through Sunday at Amherst’s Memorial Field and American International College in nearby Springfield, Mass.
Levinson, a 6’5” smooth-swinging lefty, batted a robust .471 on the week with seven RBI’s, his second home run of the season and four doubles. He’s now batting .337 on the year with 33 hits and 22 RBI’s while playing in all 28 games. Levinson drove in four runs with a homer and a double in Saturday’s 10-2 win over Middlebury.
“He’s been a real pleasant surprise for us,” says Amherst head coach Bill Thurston. “Aside from his offense, Dave’s a much better defensive player than we anticipated. We liked his swing right away and he’s been a very consistent hitter for us.”
Four teams qualified for the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, with Amherst (18-10) and Williams College (25-8) representing the West Division and Trinity College (19-8) and Tufts University (21-8) representing the East. The Tournament is double elimination with the championship game set for Sunday at 11 a.m. at Amherst (followed by a second game if necessary).
To follow is a listing of game times, matchups and locations:
Friday, May 9
Game 1: (3 p.m.) Field 1 - Amherst (West #1) vs. Tufts (East #2)
Game 2: (3 p.m.) Field 2 - Trinity (East #1) vs. Williams (West #2)
Saturday, May 10
Game 3: (10:30 a.m.) Field 2 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4: (10:30 a.m.) Field 1 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 5: (2:30 p.m.) Field 1 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Sunday, May 11
Game 6: (11 a.m.) Field 1 - Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7: (If necessary) Field 1 - 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 6 with the same two teams
Field 1: Amherst College
Field 2: American International College