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Amherst College Baseball

NESCAC Champions - 2004, 2005
NESCAC West Division Champs - 2003, 2005
NCAA Regional Finalist - 1999
NCAA Tournament - 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005


 
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    Mike Erkkinen '05

Kyle Lavery '05

Dave Levinson '06

Dave Powers '05

Josh Santry '05

Zach Schonberger '06

Santry Finds Fenway
June 9 - Amherst senior co-captain third baseman Josh Santry was one of 13 players chosen by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) to represent the College Division (Division II/III) against the University Division (Division I) in the 30th-Annual New England College Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, on Sunday. Full Story

Jeffs End Season With 2-1 NCAA Regional Loss to Trinity
May 20 - The Amherst baseball team was ousted from the NCAA Regionals with a 2-1 loss to NESCAC rival Trinity College (33-7) at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Massachusetts on Friday. The Jeffs concluded their season at 23-9-1, while Trinity improved to 2-0 in regional play and advances to face the winner of tonight’s matchup between Wheaton College and Worcester State College. Full Story

Jeffs Suffer 3-2 NCAA Regional Loss to Wheaton
May 19 - The Amherst baseball team suffered a narrow 3-2 NCAA Regional loss to Wheaton College at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Massachusetts on Thursday. Sophomore hurler Brian Donahue went the distance for the Jeffs, surrendering just four hits and one earned run as Amherst fell to 23-8-1, but returns to face NESCAC rival Trinity College tomorrow (Friday) at 3:30 p.m. Full Story

Jeffs Nab Slew of Postseason Awards
May 18 - After capturing its second consecutive NESCAC Championship and securing its fifth NCAA Tournament bid, the Amherst baseball team nabbed a slew of postseason awards. Junior hurler Joe Vladeck was named the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-NESCAC, while senior co-captains Josh Santry and Dave Powers, juniors Dave Levinson and Zach Schonberger and sophomore Brian Donahue each earned all-conference honors. Vladeck, Schonberger and Santry were also named NEIBA Division III All-New England. Full Story

Banner's Mad Dash Commemorated in Verse
May 17 - In Sunday’s NESCAC Baseball Championship game between Amherst and visiting Trinity, with the score tied 7-7, Amherst sophomore speedster Jared Banner led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a triple to the right-center-field gap, igniting a mad dash around the bases that didn’t stop until he’d crossed home plate with the winning run. Banner’s “Mad Dash” capped an incredible game with one of the most spectacular plays in recent memory, and will forevermore be commemorated in verse. Full Story

Vladeck Named NESCAC Player of the Week
May 16 - Amherst junior hurler Joe Vladeck was named the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Week after picking up a pair of wins and leading the Jeffs to their second consecutive conference championship. Vladeck struck out six and allowed just two earned runs in six complete innings in Friday’s NESCAC Tournament first-round win over Tufts University, and rebounded just two days later with 3.2 innings of stellar relief as Amherst upended fifth-ranked Trinity College 8-7 in 10 innings in the NESCAC title game. Full Story

Jeffs Headed to Harwich, Mass. for NCAA Regional
May 16 - After winning its second consecutive NESCAC Championship, the Amherst baseball team earned an automatic bid to its fifth NCAA Tournament and will open regional play Thursday at 7 p.m. against 22nd-ranked Wheaton College (29-10) at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass. The 42-team field is divided into eight double-elimination regionals, with winners advancing to the championship round, held May 27-31 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. Full Story

Jeffs Defend NESCAC Title on Banner's Mad Dash
May 15 - Sophomore speedster Jared Banner led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a triple to the right-center-field gap and scored the winning run when the ensuing relay throw sailed out of play, giving Amherst a dramatic 8-7 win over visiting fifth-ranked Trinity College in the final game of the NESCAC Baseball Postseason Championship Tournament on Sunday. The victory afforded Amherst its second straight conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, with regional play set to begin this Thursday at a site yet to be determined. Full Story

Donahue One-Hits Fifth-Ranked Trinity, Pitches Jeffs into Third Straight NESCAC Title Game
May 14 - Sophomore fireballer Brian Donahue struck out four and tossed a complete-game one-hitter to lead Amherst to a convincing 6-0 win over visiting fifth-ranked Trinity College in Day 2 of the NESCAC Baseball Postseason Championship Tournament on Saturday. With the win, Amherst advances to the NESCAC title game for the third consecutive season, where they’ll once again face Trinity, thanks to the tournament’s double-elimination format. Full Story

Schonberger Slugs Jeffs Past Tufts in NESCAC Tournament Opening Round
May 13 - Junior shortstop Zach Schonberger pounded a three-run homer in the third inning, while junior starter Joe Vladeck and rookie reliever Chris Edgar pitched out of trouble on several occasions to lead the host Amherst baseball team to a 5-3 win over Tufts University in Day 1 of the double-elimination NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament on Friday. Fifth-ranked Trinity College joined Amherst in the winners’ bracket with a 3-0 win over Wesleyan University in Friday’s other first-round game, played at nearby Western New England College. Full Story

Jeffs to Host NESCAC Championship Tournament
May 11 - After sealing up its second NESCAC West Division title in the last two years with a doubleheader sweep of Hamilton College on Sunday, Amherst will host the NESCAC Baseball Championship Tournament this weekend. The double elimination tournament will open Friday at 3 p.m. as the Jeffs host Tufts University (23-9/10-2 NESCAC East), and NESCAC East Division champion Trinity College (28-5/10-2) faces Wesleyan University (11-22-1/7-4-1 NESCAC West) at 3:30 p.m. at nearby Western New England College (WNEC). Full Story

Jeffs Win NESCAC West Division Crown with Doubleheader Sweep at Hamilton
May 8 - Paced by red-hot senior co-captain Josh Santry, who homered four times on the day, the Amherst baseball team won its second NESCAC West Division title in the last three years and locked up the host seed for next weekend’s (May 13-15) NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament with a doubleheader sweep at Hamilton College on Sunday. Game scores were 5-3 and 15-10, as the Jeffs wrap up their regular season at 20-6-1 overall and 9-2-1 in league play. Full Story

Jeffs Lose Opener, Tie Nightcap Against Wesleyan
May 7 - On a frigid, damp Saturday afternoon, the Amherst baseball team came away from a NESCAC West Division doubleheader against visiting Wesleyan University with a 3-2 loss and a rain-shortened 4-4 tie, moving its record to 18-6-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league play. With two conference games remaining the Jeffs remain alone atop the NESCAC West Division standings, while Wesleyan still has an outside shot at qualifying for next weekend’s four-team NESCAC Tournament. Full Story

Baseball Edges Wesleyan
May 6 - Junior Dave Levinson nailed a two-run homer in the opening frame and added an RBI single in the third to lead the Amherst College baseball team to an all-important 6-5 NESCAC West Division win at Wesleyan University on Friday. At 18-5 overall and 7-1 in league play, the Jeffs remain alone atop the West Division standings with just four conference games remaining. Amherst and Wesleyan will resume their three-game set with a doubleheader tomorrow at noon in Amherst. Box Score

Jeffs Drop Non-League Tilt at Springfield
May 3 - The Amherst baseball team managed just six hits and surrendered four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 4-2 non-league loss at Springfield College on Tuesday. The Jeffs (17-5) employed a trio of seldom-used hurlers in preparation for a hectic conference weekend in which all three could see significant action. Junior Rob Anderson drew the start and pitched five scoreless innings before exiting with the bases loaded in the sixth. Full Story

Santry Named NESCAC Player of the Week
May 3 - After batting .667 and driving in nine runs in four games, senior co-captain third baseman Josh Santry was named the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Week. Amherst remained in first place in the NESCAC West Division after taking two out of three from archrival Williams. Santry recorded an .818 on-base percentage during the three-game set and capped the series with a double, two singles, five RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored in the Jeffs’ Game 3 victory. Full Story

From Hitting the Slopes to Frozen Ropes, Amherst's Schonberger has the Bases Covered
May 2 - After Eli Schonberger survived the Great Depression and later made his mark in advertising, he took up many of the pursuits that once riddled the daydreams of his youth. One such boyhood fantasy was skiing, and on weekends he packed his sons in the family car and fled New York for the snowy inclines of Vermont, where they invaded the slopes for hours on end. As the years passed, they bought a place near Mt. Snow, and soon there were three generations of Schonbergers carving the expert trails. The youngest of the fold, Zach, took to the powder like a rabbit takes to running, and eventually he would become…one of the best shortstops in all of college baseball? Full Story

Jeffs Split at Williams, Remain Atop NESCAC West
May 1 - The Amherst baseball team saw its 10-game winning streak fall by the wayside but remained in first place in the NESCAC West Division standings with a doubleheader split at archrival Williams College on Sunday. The Jeffs (17-4/6-1 NESCAC West) dropped the opener 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion, but rebounded to pummel the Ephs (16-15/7-5 NESCAC West) 17-5 in the nightcap. Full Story

Baseball at Williams Moved From Saturday to Sunday
April 29 - Amherst's baseball doubleheader at NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College, originally scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 30, has been postponed until Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. Full Schedule

Donahue Pitches Red-Hot Jeffs Past Williams
April 29 - Sophomore hurler Brian Donahue struck out five and surrendered just two hits and one unearned run in 7.1 innings to give the streaking Amherst baseball team a convincing 6-1 victory over visiting NESCAC West Division rival Williams College on Friday. The win was Amherst’s 10th straight, upping its record to 16-3 overall, 5-0 in divisional play and 10-0 at home. Full Story

Baseball vs. Williams Moved From Sunday to Friday
April 28 - The Amherst baseball game against visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 1, has been moved to this Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. Amherst will also travel to Williams on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. Full Schedule

Jeffs Pound Out 23 Hits, Seven Dingers in Bizarre 17-16 Win Over Brandeis
April 26 - In a game that saw more tide changes than the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans combined, the Amherst baseball team churned out 23 hits - including a whopping seven home runs - but surrendered nine runs in the top of the ninth inning, which forced a game-winning two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth in a bizarre 17-16 non-league win over visiting Brandeis University on Tuesday. Full Story

Bruno Bangs Baseball Past Hamilton, Jeffs Remain Unblemished in Divisional Play
April 22 - Rookie Evan Bruno went 3-for-4 with two doubles and his first career home run to lead the Amherst baseball team to a 7-4 win at NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton College on Friday. Amherst improved to 14-3 with its eighth straight win and remained undefeated in divisional play at 4-0. Full Story

Hamilton Schedule Change
April 21 - The Amherst baseball game at NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton scheduled for this Sunday has been moved to tomorrow (Friday, Apr. 22) at 3:30 p.m. due to the threat of inclement weather. Saturday’s noon doubleheader is still on but may be moved to Sunday if rain forces postponement. Full Schedule

Jeffs Make it Seven Straight with 9-5 Win Over Fourth-Ranked Trinity
April 19 - Sweet-swinging junior shortstop Zach Schonberger went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and a trio of runs scored, while junior Joe Vladeck and sophomore Brian Donahue combined admirably on the hill as the Amherst baseball team ran its current winning streak to seven games with a convincing 9-5 non-league win over visiting fourth-ranked Trinity College on Tuesday. Full Story

Jeffs Pound Out 24 Hits, 17 Runs in Doubleheader Sweep Over Bates
April 17 - Junior shortstop Zach Schonberger nailed his third home run of the season in the opener and senior third baseman Josh Santry drilled a solo blast in the nightcap as the Amherst baseball team upped its record to 12-3 with a non-league doubleheader sweep over visiting Bates College (2-10) on Sunday. Game scores were 7-3 and 10-3. Full Story

Red-Hot Schonberger Slugs Jeffs Past Keene St.
April 13 - Red-hot junior shortstop Zach Schonberger went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored to lead the Amherst College baseball team to a 9-3 non-league win over visiting Keene State College on Wednesday. The Jeffs (9-3 and winners of four straight) used four pitchers, including sophomore starter Nick Kehoe, who picked up his first win of the season. Full Story

Jeffs Turn Triple Play, Sweep Middlebury
April 9 - After upending NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College 7-4 on Friday afternoon, the Amherst baseball team swept the visiting Panthers 2-1 and 9-3 on Saturday, assuming sole possession of first place in the conference standings at 8-3 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Jeffs made several outstanding defensive plays on the day, including a rally-killing triple play that all but crushed Middlebury’s hopes for a comeback in the second game. Full Story

Edgar, Kehoe Pitch Jeffs Past Middlebury
April 8 - Rookie starter Chris Edgar pitched six strong innings, and sophomore Nick Kehoe added three innings of scoreless relief to lead the Amherst baseball team to a 7-4 victory in the first of a three-game set against visiting NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College on Friday. Junior first baseman Dave Levinson had a big day for the Jeffs, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Full Story

Jeffs Bow at 17th-Ranked Eastern Conn.
April 6 - Senior co-captain Dave Powers doubled and scored on an RBI single by junior shortstop Zach Schonberger in the top of the first inning, but the Amherst baseball team surrendered three runs in each of the first two frames en route to a 7-1 non-league loss at 17th-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday. Full Story

Wesleyan Series Rescheduled
April 5 - Last weekend’s Amherst baseball three-game set against NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University, which was postponed due to inclement weather, had been officially rescheduled as a single game on Friday, May 6 (3 p.m.), at Wesleyan, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7 (1 p.m.), in Amherst. Full Schedule

Wesleyan Series Postponed
April 2 - This weekend’s Amherst baseball three-game set against NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University has been postponed due to inclement weather. The series has been tentatively rescheduled as a single game on Friday, May 6, at Wesleyan, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7, in Amherst. These makeup dates are not yet official. Full Schedule

Jeffs Blank Westfield in Home Opener
March 30 - The Amherst baseball team pounded out 12 hits and used six pitchers in a convincing 7-0 non-league win over visiting Westfield State College on Wednesday. Red-hot junior center fielder Andrew Green went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, upping his team-high batting average to a ridiculous .727 (16-for-22), while junior shortstop Zach Schonberger doubled twice and drove in five runs. Full Story

Baseball vs. Westfield St. Rescheduled
March 28 - Saturday's Amherst baseball doubleheader at Westfield State College, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled as a single game for this Wednesday (Mar. 30) at 3 p.m. at Amherst. Full Schedule

Inclement Weather Causes Slew of Postponements
March 24 - Today’s Amherst softball game against visiting Clark University and women’s lacrosse game at Wheaton College, as well as Saturday’s baseball doubleheader at Westfield State College, have been postponed due to inclement weather. The softball game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at 4 p.m. No makeup dates have yet been announced for women’s lacrosse and baseball. Additionally, Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game against Trinity College, which was to be played at Keene State College, has been moved to Trinity. Game time is 1 p.m.

Vladeck Named ECAC Division III New England Baseball Pitcher of the Week
March 23 - Amherst junior hurler Joe Vladeck was named the Division III New England Baseball Pitcher of the Week by the ECAC on Wednesday. Vladeck jumpstarted the season with a trio of wins in his first three appearances, striking out 17 and scattering just four walks in 17.1 innings of work. Along with an unblemished 3-0 record, Vladeck boasts a sparkling 0.00 earned run average for the 5-2 Jeffs. Full Story

Jeffs Wrap Up Florida Swing with Wins Over Colby, Third-Ranked St. Thomas
March 20 - The Amherst baseball team concluded its season-opening Florida trip at 5-2 with a 10-7 win over Colby College on Saturday and a 6-1 exhibition victory over third-ranked St. Thomas on Sunday. Junior hurler Joe Vladeck upped his pitching record to 3-0 with 6.1 solid innings against Colby, while rookie Chris Edgar pitched five strong innings to pick up the win against St. Thomas, his second victory of the spring. Full Story

Jeffs Victimized by Florida Rain
March 17 - Amherst's baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse teams were all scheduled to see action in Florida on Thursday, but inclement weather forced cancellations across the board. No makeup dates have yet been announced. Baseball was scheduled to play Illinois College, while softball was slated for a pair of games against Suffolk University and The College of Wooster. Meanwhile, the women’s lacrosse team held a commanding 11-2 lead over St. Lawrence University with approximately 16 minutes remaining when play was suspended. Statistics from that game are not considered official.

Jeffs Fall to Top-Ranked Rowan in Shootout
March 16 - Sophomore Jared Banner blasted two home runs, including a towering three-run shot in the top of the eighth inning, but his career day went for naught as the Amherst baseball team dropped an 11-9 shootout to No.1-ranked Rowan University in Naples, Florida on Wednesday. Full Story

Jeffs Hammer Clarkson, 15-1
March 15 - The Amherst baseball team pummeled Clarkson University 15-1 in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday, improving to 3-1 on the season. Junior Andrew Green continues to swing a hot bat, torching Clarkson for a double, three singles, two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. He’s now 10-for-15 in Amherst’s four Florida games, with two doubles, a pair of triples, five RBIs and six runs scored. Full Story

Jeffs Win Wild One Against St. Lawrence
March 14 - Senior co-captain Dave Powers went 4-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, while junior Rob Anderson plated what would prove to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Amherst baseball team to a wild 7-6 win over St. Lawrence University in Fort Myers, Florida on Monday night. Full Story

Jeffs Open Florida Swing with Win Over Anderson, Loss to UMass Boston
March 10 - The Amherst baseball team opened its season with a decisive 5-1 win over Anderson University on Saturday night, followed by a gut-wrenching 9-8 loss to UMass Boston on Sunday afternoon. Both games were played in Fort Myers, Florida. Junior fireballer Joe Vladeck earned the win against Anderson, while junior outfielder Andrew Green pounded out four hits on the weekend. Full Story

Jeffs Set to Repeat as NESCAC Champs
March 10 - With its entire infield and its top starting pitcher returning, the 2005 Amherst baseball team has the nucleus in place to repeat as conference champs and earn a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Bill Thurston's Jeffs open with a 10-game Florida swing, beginning with a March 12 matchup against Anderson University. Full Story

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