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View a brief slide show of the Lord Jeffs' Spring Break trip to Fort Myers, FL 

Student-Athlete Profile: Neal Allar '08
June 11 - When Neal Allar ’08 received an invitation to play in this Thursday’s NEIBA College All-Star Game at Fenway Park, he was honored, but he had to respectfully decline. Instead, he will be guiding zipline tours through the rainforest in Ketchikan, Alaska. How many Amherst baseball alums have been able to say that? Full Story

Coach Thurston's Playbook
May 29 - That Bill Thurston would emerge as one of the most influential figures in contemporary baseball history seems unlikely, if not extraordinary. But this farmboy from Norway, Maine, has done more than just guide the Amherst baseball team to 795 victories over more than four decades. Thurston has directly impacted the way the game is played, taught, staffed, researched, officiated and equipped at both the national and global levels—in a way that sets him apart from nearly anyone else since the demise of the flannel uniform. Full Story

Neal Huntington '91: The Personal Touch
May 29 - For the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2007 was, to put it mildly, a disappointment. The team lost 94 games, capping off its 15th consecutive losing season. Looking to make changes, the management turned to Neal Huntington ’91, who’d brought a unique philosophy and approach to the front offices of the Cleveland Indians and the Montreal Expos. On Sept. 25, 2007, the Pirates named Huntington as general manager—and asked him to completely reshape the organization. Full Story

Neal Allar, T.J. Jackson Earn Prestigious National Academic Honors
May 27 - Two Amherst College senior student-athletes have added to already-impressive resumes by earning prestigious national academic honors this week. While T.J. Jackson has been named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-America Team, Neal Allar has earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Third Team honors. Full Story

Four Amherst Players Earn NESCAC Baseball All-Conference Honors
May 14 - The NESCAC announced today its 2008 Baseball All-Conference selections, with four members of the Amherst College team earning the honor. While Neal Allar earned a spot on the First Team, Angus Schaller, Brendan Powers and Josh Card grabbed Second Team plaudits. Allar was also named to the NEIBA All-New England Third Team. Full Story

Amherst Places Four on ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Teams
May 12 - ESPN the Magazine announced the 2008 Academic All-District honorees last week, with four Amherst College student-athletes earning a spot on a District 1 team for the college division. Neal Allar and Mike Neff represent the Amherst baseball team, while Jackie Tyler and Alex Chang-Graham represent the Lord Jeff softball team. Full Story

Amherst Outlasted by Trinity in NESCAC Baseball Championship
May 11 - The Amherst College baseball team earned a 10-7 win over Tufts University Sunday morning to set up a rematch with Trinity College in the NESCAC Championship, but the host Bantams outlasted the Lord Jeffs in an 11-8 victory to capture the conference title. Amherst finishes the season at 24-12-1, with head coach Bill Thurston bumping his career win total to 795. Full Story

Amherst Defeats Williams 9-8 in 10 Innings to Stay Alive in NESCAC Championship
May 10 -The Amherst College baseball team fell to Trinity Saturday morning, 9-1, but rallied late in the day's second game to top Williams 9-8 in 10 innings to stay alive in the 2008 NESCAC Championship. The Lord Jeffs will play Tufts Sunday at 9 a.m. for a shot at a rematch with Trinity for the conference title. Full Story

Amherst in Search of Third NESCAC Baseball Crown this Weekend
May 7 - Trinity College will look to earn its first NESCAC Baseball title since 2003 when the Bantams host the 2008 NESCAC Baseball Championship this weekend. The three-day, double-elimination tournament begins Friday afternoon with Trinity taking on Amherst at 3 p.m. while Tufts will face defending champion Williams at Andrus Field on the campus of Wesleyan University beginning at 3 p.m. Full Story

Amherst Suffers 9-4 Loss at Williams; Jeffs to Play Trinity in NESCAC Championship
May 4 - Amherst College and Williams College each headed into Sunday's game with 8-3 records in the NESCAC West, with the winner grabbing the top seed in the Western standings and taking on Tufts University in the opening round of the conference championship. The Jeffs gave up five runs in the fourth inning and could not come back, as the Ephs held on for a 9-4 victory. Full Story

Jeffs Sweep Saint Joseph's in Final Non-Conference Doubleheader
May 3 - The Amherst College baseball team improved its resume for the NCAA Championship Tournament by taking a pair of games from Saint Joseph's College, the 2008 Great Northeast Atlantic Conference champions. The Lord Jeffs earned an 11-4 victory in the first game before picking up a 4-1 win in the nightcap to increase their winning streak to five games. Full Story

Amherst Uses Yet Another Late-Inning Rally to Edge Springfield, 6-5
April 30 - The Amherst College baseball team trailed Springfield College for the first eight and a half innings, but the Lord Jeffs picked up their 20th victory of the season by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the 6-5 come-from-behind win. Juniors Nat Pedley and Brendan Powers each had a triple and a home run for Amherst. Full Story 

Spring Teams Head into Busy Weekend of Championship Action
April 29 - This Saturday, the Amherst College women's tennis team will begin its march toward a second national title, while the women's lacrosse team will look to advance to the NESCAC Championship finals for the first time since 2005. Sunday's baseball matchup between Williams and Amherst has significant playoff implications, while the outdoor track and field teams will continue their preparation for nationals by competing at the Division III New England Championships. Full Story

Jeffs End Busy Weekend with Doubleheader Sweep of Saint Michael's
April 27 - The Amherst College baseball team rode a complete-game four-hitter from senior Chris Edgar and five RBIs from senior Neal Allar in game one of Sunday's doubleheader at Saint Michael's College, as the Lord Jeffs cruised to an 11-0 victory. In the second game, senior Evan Bruno belted a two-out RBI-triple to bring in the eventual game-winning run in the eighth inning, as Amherst took a 7-5 win in extra frames. Full Story

Jeffs Drop Two Tough Games to Fifth-Ranked Trinity
April 26 - The Amherst College baseball team treated its largest home crowd of the season to an extra-inning affair with fifth-ranked and undefeated rival Trinity College in game one of Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader. Trinity took an 11-inning thriller, 7-5, before pulling out a 6-4 victory to complete the sweep. Full Story

Amherst Earns 10-6 Win at Brandeis for Third Straight Victory
April 22 - The Amherst College baseball team trailed Brandeis University 3-0 after two innings but managed to come back for a 10-6 non-conference victory on the road. The Jeffs will next take on unbeaten and fifth-ranked Trinity College in a doubleheader this Saturday. Full Story

Amherst Pitchers Win NESCAC Player of the Week Awards
April 21 - Amherst College sophomore Alexandra Chang-Graham and first-year Jeff Keenan took hom the NESCAC Softball and Baseball Pitcher of the Week awards this afternoon. The award is the second for Keenan, and the first for Chang-Graham this season. Full Story

Jeffs Sweep Middlebury to Clinch Spot in NESCAC Tournament
April 19 - The Amherst College baseball team swept a crucial NESCAC West doubleheader at Middlebury College to clinch a spot in the NESCAC Tournament. The Lord Jeffs earned an 8-7 win in game one before picking up a 14-8 win in the nightcap to improve to 8-3 in conference play. Full Story

Amherst Falls to Middlebury on the Road 14-8 to Start Three-Game Series
April 18 - The Amherst College baseball team had a three-game win streak snapped this afternoon at Middlebury College, as the Lord Jeffs fell 14-8. Amherst will play the Panthers in another pair of games tomorrow starting at noon. Full Story

Walk-Off Heroics Hand Amherst Baseball Doubleheader Sweep of Williams
April 13 - The Amherst College baseball team improved to 6-2 in NESCAC-West play this season with a doubleheader sweep of Little Three archrival Williams College this afternoon at home. After holding on to win the opener 4-3, Amherst rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win in game two. Full Story

Amherst to Play Williams in Historic Wahconah Park to Celebrate 149th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Baseball
April 9 - This Saturday, Amherst and Williams will square off at historic Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass. to celebrate the 149th anniversary of intercollegiate baseball. The two schools played the first ever baseball game in Pittsfield in 1859, with Amherst winning 73-32 in 25 innings. Full Story

Bruno's Ninth-Inning Single Lifts Amherst Past No. 19 Keene State, 7-6
April 8 - Senior Evan Bruno's two-out RBI-single to right field in the top of the ninth inning proved to be the game-winning hit, as the Amherst College baseball team came from behind to earn a 7-6 victory over 19th-ranked Keene State College. The Lord Jeffs improve to 12-6-1 on the season and return to action this weekend for a three-game series with Williams. Full Story

Amherst Splits with Hamilton to Close Out Three-Game Series
April 6 - The Amherst College baseball team earned a 10-0 win over Hamilton College in game one of Sunday's NESCAC West doubleheader, but the Lord Jeffs were unable to complete the series sweep. Hamilton broke up first-year Jeff Keenan's no-hitter in the sixth inning and held on for a 6-3 win to drop the Lord Jeffs to 11-6-1 on the season. Full Story

Jeffs Kick Off Weekend Series with 11-1 Win Over Hamilton
April 5 - The Amherst College baseball team took advantage of eight Hamilton College errors and got a great outing from senior Chris Edgar, as the Lord Jeffs earned an 11-1 victory to move to 10-5-1 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC West. Amherst will host the Continentals (4-8, 0-1 NESCAC West) in doubleheader action on Sunday, with the first game set to begin at noon. Full Story

Amherst Ends in 7-7 Tie with Eastern Connecticut State
April 2 - After 14 runs, 28 hits, and three and a half hours of competition, the Amherst College and Eastern Connecticut State University baseball teams ended in a 7-7 tie at a cold and windy Memorial Field. The Lord Jeffs carried a 7-5 lead into the ninth inning but could not hang on, as the Warriors scored twice in the top of the ninth and then retired the side in order to close out the nine-inning game. Full Story

Jeffs Wrap up Season Series with 7-4 Win Over Wesleyan
March 30 - Junior southpaw Ryan Platzbecker carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to his first win of the season, as the Amherst College baseball team earned a 7-4 win over Wesleyan University to wrap up its season series with the Cardinals. The Lord Jeffs move to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC West. Full Story

Amherst Splits with Wesleyan; Jeffs Get Off to 1-1 Start in NESCAC West
March 29 - The Amherst College baseball team held a 4-0 lead over Wesleyan in the front end of a doubleheader, but the Jeffs surrendered five runs in the bottom of the sixth to throw away their first conference game of the season. Amherst came back to earn a 7-2 win in the nightcap, as reigning NESCAC Pitcher of the Week Jeff Keenan pitched seven strong innings. Full Story

Schaller's Home Run Lifts Amherst to 4-3 Win Over Westfield State in Home Opener
March 26 - Junior Angus Schaller belted a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and proved to be the hero for the the Amherst College baseball team, as the Lord Jeffs hung on for a 4-3 win over Westfield State College in its home opener. Amherst moves to 7-4 on the young season and returns to action Friday to open conference play with Wesleyan University. Full Story

Jeff Keenan Named NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
March 24 - The NESCAC announced its first Baseball Pitcher of the Week selection of 2008, with Amherst College first-year Jeff Keenan earning the honor. In two starts for the Lord Jeffs last week, Keenan posted a 1-0 record with a 0.90 ERA over 10.0 innings pitched. He allowed one earned run on six hits, holding opponents to a .162 batting average and one extra-base hit, while striking out nine and walking four. Full Story

Amherst Edges Fredonia State, 3-2, to Wrap up Southern Swing at 6-4
March 22 - The Amherst College baseball team battled through the pouring rain to earn a 3-2 victory over Fredonia State in the final game of the Lord Jeffs' Spring Break trip in Fort Myers. Amherst moves to 6-4 overall and will return to action Wednesday, Mar. 26 for the home-opener against Westfield State at 3:30 p.m. Full Story

Amherst Struggles in 9-0 Loss to National Powerhouse Saint Thomas
March 21 - The Amherst College baseball team committed five errors and recorded just six hits in a 9-0 loss to Saint Thomas University of Minnesota, as the Lord Jeffs dropped to 5-4 on their Spring Break trip. Amherst will wrap up its southern swing with a 10 a.m. game with Fredonia State on Saturday in hopes of returning north above .500. Full Story

Jeffs' Comeback Falls Just Short; Amherst Falls to Scranton, 11-9
March 20 - The Amherst College baseball team trailed Scranton College 11-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but was able to cut its deficit to just two runs with two runners on base. The Lord Jeffs' comeback fell short, however, as the Royals held on for the 11-9 victory in a game that featured seven home runs. Full Story

Amherst Keeps Rolling with 6-2 Win Over Saint Lawrence
March 19 - The Amherst College baseball team defeated Saint Lawrence University, 6-2, to improve to 5-2 on its Spring Break trip. The Lord Jeffs saw another great performance from senior pitcher Chris Edgar, who pitched seven strong innings for the win. Amherst will have little time to rest before facing Scranton Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Full Story

Amherst Splits Doubleheader with Saint Mary's; Jeffs Move to 4-2
March 18 - The Amherst College baseball team hung with Saint Mary's in game one of Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader but could not complete the comeback, as the Lord Jeffs dropped their second game of the season, 9-6. Amherst responded with an 11-3 victory in the nightcap to move to 4-2 on the year. Full Story

Amherst Sweeps Plymouth State in Doubleheader Action
March 17 - Amherst College first-years Mike Sutton and Jeff Keenan pitched well to earn victories in their collegiate debuts and lead the Lord Jeffs to a pair of wins over Plymouth State. Amherst chalked up 17 runs in the front end of a doubleheader before taking an 8-3 win in the nightcap. The Jeffs will play two against Saint Mary's Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Pour on 23 Runs Against Nichols in First Win of 2008
March 16 - The Amherst College baseball team rebounded from a season-opening loss to Babson College by erupting for 23 runs in a win over Nichols College at Terry Park in Fort Myers, Florida. The Lord Jeffs move to 1-1 on the season and will play two against Plymouth State Monday beginning at 4 p.m. Full Story

Amherst Kicks Off Spring Break Trip with 11-4 Loss to Babson
March 15 - The Amherst College baseball team trailed Babson College 1-0 through five innings, but the Lord Jeffs gave up five unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to an 11-4 loss to kick off the 2008 season. Amherst continues its Spring Break trip Sunday in Fort Myers with a 7 p.m. game against Nichols College. Full Story

Jeffs Return Strong Offensive Core, Welcome Large Rookie Class in 2008
February 28 - Amherst head coach Bill Thurston returns for his 43rd season and is just 29 wins shy of 800 for his illustrious career, while Brian Hamm, Kelly Swiney and Kevin Graber all return as assistant coaches. The Jeffs return a slew of offense and hope to be among the best hitting teams in the NESCAC, and a number of talented first-years have the potential to make significant contributions. Full Story

Former Amherst Student-Athletes Further Careers in Professional Sports
December 10 - In the past week, a pair of Amherst College graduates and former student-athletes have made headlines for career moves in professional athletics. Early last week Jared Banner ’07 signed a contract as an assistant in the Boston Red Sox player development department, while classmate Derek Cherney was selected in the 2008 Supplemental Draft for Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Full Story