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Junior shortstop Zach Schonberger blasted a NESCAC-best eight home runs this spring.

Jeffs Nab Slew of Postseason Awards

May 18, 2005

AMHERST, MA - After capturing its second consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship and securing its fifth NCAA Tournament bid, the Amherst College baseball team nabbed a slew of postseason awards. Junior hurler Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) was named the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-NESCAC, while senior co-captains Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ) and Dave Powers (Andover, MA), juniors Dave Levinson (Philadelphia, PA) and Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) and sophomore Brian Donahue (Sudbury, MA) each earned all-conference honors. Vladeck, Schonberger and Santry were also named New England Intercollegiate Baseball Associate (NEIBA) Division III All-New England.

A second-team all-region pick and the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, Vladeck fanned six and surrendered just two earned runs in six complete innings in Friday’s NESCAC Tournament first-round win over Tufts University, and came back just two days later with 3.2 innings of outstanding relief as Amherst edged fifth-ranked Trinity College 8-7 in 10 innings in the conference title game, securing an automatic bid to its fifth NCAA Tournament. He leads the NESCAC in wins (7-1) and stands second in ERA (1.67) and strikeouts (59). He was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Pitcher of the Week earlier this season after opening with a trio of wins in his first three appearances.

Schonberger snags First-Team All-NESCAC and second-team all-region plaudits, ranking among the NESCAC elite and leading Amherst in several offensive categories. He leads the conference in home runs (8), ranks second in RBIs (38) and total bases (79) and is fifth in slugging percentage (.637). Schonberger paces the Jeffs in round trippers, RBIs, total bases, runs scored (32), hits (45) and doubles (10), and is second on the team and 14th in the league in batting average (.363).

Santry takes home third-team all-region and second-team all-conference honors as he has been a sparkplug down the stretch, hitting a smoking .426 over the last 14 games with five home runs, five doubles and 18 RBIs. His six blasts on the year tie him for third in the conference and his .638 slugging percentage ranks fourth. He stands third on the team in batting average (.362), doubles (9) and RBIs (31). He was tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week for the period of May 2 after batting .667 with nine RBI in a 3-1 week for the Jeffs. This marks Santry’s second career all-conference award as he nabbed second-team recognition as a sophomore.

A second-team all-conference pick, Powers stands among the team leaders in most offensive categories including batting average (.355), runs scored (27), hits (43), doubles (8), triples (3), home runs (5), RBIs (27), total bases (72) and slugging percentage (.595). He ranks second on the team and fifth in the NESCAC in total bases.

Levinson was named Second-Team All-NESCAC as well, serving a model of consistency all season for the Jeffs. He’s hitting a solid .350 with 41 hits, 29 runs scored, eight doubles, a pair of homers, 24 RBIs, a team-high 19 walks and a .453 on-base percentage. Equally impressive defensively, he boasts a near-perfect .996 fielding percentage with just one error on the year.

Donahue earns second-team all-conference honors, posting a 5-1 record, 2.70 ERA and 44 strikeouts. Opposing hitters have mustered an anemic .194 batting average against him, good for third in the NESCAC. In possibly his most outstanding collegiate performance to date, Donahue tossed a complete-game one-hitter on Saturday to lead the Jeffs to a 3-0 NESCAC Tournament semifinal win over Trinity. He was also the 2004 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, a first-team all-conference selection and NEIBA Second-Team All-New England last spring.

Amherst begins NCAA Regional play tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. against Wheaton College at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass.