Amherst Baseball 2001 Milestones
1) Finished second in the NESCAC West Division with a 20-14 overall record (8-4 NESCAC) and secured a berth in the inaugural NESCAC Postseason Tournament (finished 1-2 in the Tournament).
1) Senior Third Baseman Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional)
*Led the Jeffs, finished second in the NESCAC and 49th in the nation in batting (.435 BA).
*Tabbed First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic, Second Team All-ECAC, Second-Team ABCA All-New England and represented the College Division Team at the 27th annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game at Fenway Park.
*Also voted Team MVP.
*Posted a school record 28-game hitting streak and hit safely in 33 of the Jeffs’ 34 games.
*Led Amherst in nearly every offensive statistical category including hits (54), home runs (6), RBIs (27), doubles (14), total bases (88), slugging percentage (.710) and on-base percentage (.493), and was second on the team with 27 runs scored.
*Posted 16 multiple hits games, including a four-for-five performance in the Jeffs' playoff clinching win over visiting NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College on May 5 - the game after the Panthers ended his school-record hitting streak at 28.
2) Junior RHP Jeff Leduc (Pittsfield, MA/Pittsfield)
*Led the Jeffs, finished second in the NESCAC and finished 15th in the nation in ERA (1.74). Also posted a team-best 5-1 record while holding opponents to a .190 batting average and paced the Amherst staff with six complete games, including two shutouts, finished second in strikeouts (39) and innings pitched (46.2).
*Tabbed Second Team All-NESCAC and voted Most Improved by his Amherst teammates.
3) Senior Outfielder Dave Siegle (Falmouth, ME/Falmouth)
*Tabbed Second Team All-NESCAC and voted the Friends of Amherst Athletics Award winner as the senior who embodied the spirit of Amherst athletics.
*Finished his career with a .348 batting average and seven home runs.
4) Senior Shortstop Jordan Krall (Encino, CA/Harvard-Westlake)
*Named to the Verizon Academic District I Baseball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Also a spring Academic All-NESCAC selection.
*A chemistry major at Amherst, Krall was one of just 32 students nationally to be named a Rhodes Scholar last December while writing his senior thesis on inhibiting Tat-TAR RNA interactions in the AIDS virus. A Goldwater Scholar during his sophomore and junior years, he received the college's 2000 David R. Belevetz Memorial Fund Prize for work on an honors thesis in chemistry and was also awarded the 1997-98 Bassett Physics Prize for outstanding achievement in physics by a freshman or sophomore. Krall plans to study synthetic chemistry at Oxford University after graduation.
5) First-year outfielder Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo)
*Voted the team's Rookie of the Year after breaking into the starting lineup midway through the season, playing spectacular defense in centerfield and batting .291 with 10 RBIs.