Amherst College Baseball

Powers, Heller Earn All-NESCAC First Team Honors; Heller Named Rookie of the Year
May 13 - Amherst College senior Brendan Powers and first-year Kevin Heller have been named to the 2009 NESCAC Baseball All-Conference First Team, with Heller also becoming the first Lord Jeff player since 2004 to be named the conference's Rookie of the Year. Full Story

Amherst Earns Three ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Honors
May 7 - Three Amherst College student-athletes have been named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Baseball Team, which was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Full Story

Amherst Ends Season with 8-5 Loss to Archrival Williams
May 3 - The Amherst College baseball team's 8-5 loss to Williams College Sunday afternoon at Wahconah Park marked the end of the 2009 season, as the 16-13 Lord Jeffs came up just short of qualifying for the NESCAC Championship. Full Story

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Amherst and Williams to Celebrate 150 Years of Collegiate Baseball
Apr. 29 - The Amherst College baseball team will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of collegiate baseball when the Lord Jeffs take on archrival Williams College Sunday, May 3 at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass. Amherst and Williams first squared off on July 1, 1859 in Pittsfield, which has been recognized as the birthplace of collegiate baseball. Full Story

Baseball Drops NESCAC Makeup to Hamilton, 9-3
May 2 - The Amherst College baseball team dropped a makeup game to NESCAC West rival Hamilton College this afternoon, 9-3. With the result, Amherst was unable to clinch a spot in the upcoming conference tournament, but can do so with a win over Williams on Sunday. Full Story

Amherst Gets Back on Track with 16-4 Win at Springfield
Apr. 29 - The Amherst College baseball team scored 16 runs and surrendered only four in its 16th victory of the season, as the Lord Jeffs cruised to a non-conference victory at Springfield College. The 16-11 Jeffs will return to action Saturday for a crucial NESCAC West matchup with Hamilton College. Full Story

Baseball Drops Non-Conference Tilt With Brandeis 9-6
Apr. 27 - The Amherst College baseball team dropped a non-conference tilt against Brandeis University this afternoon, falling 9-6. The Jeffs fall to 15-11 with the result, while senior Angus Schaller sits just one homer shy of the school record after hitting his 17th career round-tripper in the loss. Full Story

Jeffs Split With No. 6 Trinity; Bantams Shut Out for First Time Since 2006
Apr. 25 - The Amherst College baseball team split a doubleheader with 6th-ranked Trinity College this afternoon in non-conference play. The Bantams took the first game, 8-0, before the Lord Jeffs pulled out the nightcap, 3-0. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Sweep Middlebury With 7-5 and 17-1 Wins at Home
Apr. 18 - The Amherst College baseball team swept a pair of games against Middlebury College this afternoon to take the season series, 3-0. Amherst won the opener, 7-5, before blowing open the nightcap for a 17-1 win in front of hundreds of fans on hand to honor legendary coach Bill Thurston at his final regular-season NESCAC series. Full Story

Amherst Opens Series with 5-3 Win Over Middlebury
Apr. 17 - The Amherst College baseball team earned a 5-3 win over Middlebury College to open a pivotal three-game NESCAC West series. The Jeffs and Panthers will play two on Saturday, with the first game set to begin at noon. Full Story

Amherst Earns Pair of Huge Wins at Archrival Williams
Apr. 11 - The Amherst College baseball team got back on track by earning a pair of conference wins over archrival Williams College. The Jeffs used a 10-run fifth inning to win the first game by a 12-1 margin before picking up a 4-1 victory in the nightcap. Full Story

Bill Thurston to Retire at End of 2009 Season; Brian Hamm Named Interim Head Coach
Apr. 10 - Amherst College baseball head coach Bill Thurston will announce his retirement at the end of the 2009 season, ending his 44-year reign at the Lord Jeffs’ helm. The 2009-10 Amherst College baseball team will be led by Interim Head Coach Brian Hamm, who has served as Thurston’s assistant for four years. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Drop Mid-Week Slugfest to Keene State, 18-12
Apr. 9 - The Amherst College baseball team dropped a mid-week shoot-out to Keene State College this afternoon at home, falling 18-12. Amherst falls to 9-9 on the year with the loss, and will travel to face NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams for a doubleheader this weekend. Full Story

Amherst Splits Pair of Conference Games at Hamilton
Apr. 5 - The Amherst College baseball team split a pair of conference games at NESCAC West rival Hamilton College this afternoon. Amherst dropped the opener 5-4, before picking up a 7-5 win in the nightcap. Full Story

Amherst Falls to Top-Ranked Eastern Connecticut State, 9-6
Apr. 1 - The Amherst College baseball team suffered a 9-6 loss on the road to the nation's top-ranked team, Eastern Connecticut State University. The Lord Jeffs fall to 8-7 on the season and will play Hamilton College in a three-game NESCAC West series this weekend. Full Story

Jeffs Split With Wesleyan in Home Opening Weekend
Mar. 28 - The Amherst College baseball team split a pair of game with NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University this afternoon in the Lord Jeffs' home opener. Amherst won the first game 7-4, before dropping the nightcap 13-5. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Drop Third Straight with 3-1 Loss at Wesleyan
Mar. 27 - The Amherst College baseball team dropped its third straight game with a 3-1 loss at Wesleyan University this afternoon. Amherst falls to 7-5 on the year, and 0-1 in NESCAC play. The Lord Jeffs and Cardinals will play two more games tomorrow in Amherst's 2009 Home Opener. Full Story

Amherst Opens Northern Schedule with 8-5 Loss at Westfield State
Mar. 25 - The Amherst College baseball team committed six errors in an 8-5 setback at Westfield State College, as the Lord Jeffs fell to 7-4 on the year. Senior Mike Neff went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the loss. Full Story

Kevin Heller '12 Named ECAC, NESCAC Baseball Player of the Week
Mar. 23 - Amherst College first-year Kevin Heller earned the first NESCAC Baseball Player of the Week honor of 2009 for leading the Lord Jeffs to a 7-3 record during their Spring Break trip to Florida. Heller was also named the ECAC Baseball Player of the Week for the New England Region. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Let One Slip Away Against Saint Thomas, 8-7
Mar. 22 - The Amherst College baseball team carried a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning but could not hang on for the win, as the Jeffs wrapped up their Spring Break trip with an 8-7 loss to Saint Thomas (MN). Amherst will bring a 7-3 record back to campus, with all three losses coming by one run.

Amherst Defeats Denison, 11-7, to Move to 7-2 on Spring Break Trip
Mar. 21 - The Amherst College baseball team improved to 7-2 on its Spring Break trip with an 11-7 win over Denison. The Lord Jeffs will wrap up their week with a 9 a.m. game against national powerhouse Saint Thomas (MN) on Sunday morning.

Amherst Improves to 6-2 with 8-6 Win Over MCLA
Mar. 20 - The Amherst College baseball team improved to 6-2 on its Spring Break trip with an 8-6 win over MCLA Friday morning. The Lord Jeffs will take on Denison on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Head Coach Bill Thurston Earns Career Victory No. 800; Jeffs Split with Bowdoin
Mar. 19 - With a 15-8 victory over Bowdoin College in game two of a doubleheader, Amherst College head coach Bill Thurston became the 12th coach in Division III history to reach 800 career wins. Full Story

Amherst Wins Fourth Straight as Jeffs Take Care of Endicott, 5-4
Mar. 18 - The Amherst College baseball team handed Endicott College a 5-4 loss to improve to 4-1 on the season, while head coach Bill Thurston picked up the 799th victory of his career. The Jeffs will play a doubleheader against Bowdoin College Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Score 22 Runs in Win Over Clarkson
Mar. 17 - The Amherst College baseball team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 22-9 win over Clarkson University. The Lord Jeffs will put their three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday against Endicott College. Full Story

Amherst Rallies in Seventh Inning to Beat Worcester State, 5-2
Mar. 16 - The Amherst College baseball team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 5-2 come-from-behind win over Worcester State College Monday morning at Henley Field in Lakeland, FL. The Lord Jeffs return to action Tuesday when they take on Clarkson University at 3 p.m. on Lake Myrtle Field in Auburndale, FL. Full Story

Amherst Splits Opening Pair of Games in Florida
Mar. 15 - The Amherst College baseball team split their opening pair of games in Florida this weekend, dropping an 11-10 heartbreaker to Ramapo (N.J.) before routing Salem State 19-6. Amherst will play Worcester State tomorrow morning. Full Story

Amherst Looks Strong Heading into 2009 Season
Feb. 23 - With an explosive offensive lineup, a strong core of veteran players and a deep pitching staff, Amherst will be looking to its young catchers to adapt to the collegiate level and complete a very promising team. The 2009 season begins Saturday, Mar. 14, when the Jeffs begin a stretch of 10 games in nine days at the Cleveland Indians’ former spring training complex in Winter Haven, Florida. Complete Season Preview

Major League Baseball Honors Assistant Coach Brian Hamm
Jan. 21 - At the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention held earlier this month, Major League Baseball honored Amherst College’s Brian Hamm with the Julio Puente Envoy Coach Award for epitomizing excellence in coaching and player development in international baseball. Full Story