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Andy Kerns '04
Junior right-hander Andy Kerns posted a perfect 6-0 record with 50 strikeouts and a 2.55 ERA.

Jeffs Place Five on All-NESCAC Team;
Kerns Tabbed Third-Team All-New England

May 16, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College placed five players - senior co-captain John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI), juniors Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL), Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) and Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA), and sophomore Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) - on the 2003 All-NESCAC Baseball Team. All five were second-team picks. Kerns was also a Third-Team All-New England selection.

Schneider batted .364, tied for sixth in the NESCAC with a team-high six home runs and posted the 10th highest slugging percentage (.598) in the conference, all while playing sparkling defense in right field. He also stole seven bases in seven attempts, smacked five doubles and drove in 21 runs. Schneider saved his best for the postseason, batting a robust .400 in four NESCAC Tournament games, including a dramatic walk-off home run in the ninth inning of a 3-2 win over Trinity College, which sent the Jeffs to the tournament’s championship game.

Kerns emerged as the Jeffs’ No. 1 starting pitcher and responded with a perfect 6-0 record, highlighted by a 5-1 complete-game win over Tufts University in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament. Kerns tied for the league lead in opponent batting average (.189), and his six victories were the third most in the conference. He also finished third in the NESCAC in ERA (2.55), fifth in strikeouts (50), sixth in starts (8) and seventh in innings pitched (53.0).

In his first season as Amherst’s everyday catcher, Sullivan logged a respectable .308 batting average with 32 hits, four doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI’s in 104 at bats. He also gunned down eight out of 15 would-be base stealers (65.2%), while catching every inning in each of the Jeffs’ last 23 games.

Whiting made his mark as one of the best, and speediest, defensive center fielders in the NESCAC, finishing second in the conference with 15 stolen bases (in 19 attempts) and posting a .969 fielding percentage - committing just two errors in 63 chances. At the plate, Whiting batted .287 with five doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI’s and finished second on the team with 31 runs scored. He was also voted Second-Team Verizon/CoSIDA College Division Academic All-District for the second consecutive season as a defensive back on the football team.

Santry showed his defensive versatility by playing three different infield positions before finally settling in at third base. Batting third in the order, Santry led the team in hits (43) and doubles (9), posted a .374 batting average and finished eighth in the NESCAC in walks (20) and 10th in on-base percentage (.467). He also had 12 multiple-hit games and batted a team-high .389 with runners in scoring position. Santry was named the team’s MVP by head coach Bill Thurston after the season.

With a 10-2 conference record, Amherst won the NESCAC West Division title and earned the right to host the NESCAC Championship Tournament. The Jeffs won their first two tournament games but dropped a doubleheader to Trinity in the final round, ending their season at 21-12 overall.