Kevin Ziomek, Fred Shepard help Vanderbilt, Amherst College win conference titles
A pair of native Amherst southpaws helped pitch their college teams to conference titles over the weekend.
Vanderbilt junior Kevin Ziomek earned his 10th win of the season Saturday and the Commodores ended the weekend with a sweep of Kentucky and the SEC regular season championship.
Fred Shepard, also a junior, fired a complete-game shutout Sunday in the NESCAC tournament title game to lead Amherst College to its fifth conference title in eight years.
Vanderbilt 11, Kentucky 3 — Ziomek (10-2) went six innings, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out four in Lexington, Ky.
The Commodores (45-6, 24-2 SEC) clinched the SEC title with the 3-0 weekend.
Amherst 7, Wesleyan 0 — Shepard gave up six hits and walked one while striking out four for the Lord Jeffs (25-11) in Middletown, Conn.
Amherst, which needed 13 innings to beat Wesleyan on Saturday, scored twice in teh first and once in second give Shepard more than enough run support.
Jonathan Ramirez scored Danny Pillitteri on a squeeze play in the 13th inning to lift Amherst past Wesleyan 5-4 in Saturday’s game.
Sam Goodwin-Boyd of Northampton had an hit and an RBI for the Cardinals in Saturday’s loss, but was held hitless Sunday.
St. John’s 2, Notre Dame 1 — Ryan Horstman of South Hadley tossed five innings of strong relief to earn the win for the Red Storm (22-30, 9-11 Big East) at home Sunday.
The redshirt freshman improved to 6-5 on the season and allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out four.
Xavier 15, UMass 3; Xavier 4, UMass 3; Xavier 1, UMass 0 — Kellen Pagel was 3-for-9 with a double, one run scored and an RBI as the Minutemen (11-31, 4-17 Atlantic 10) were swept over the weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Women’s track & field
Amherst College senior Keri Lambert, an Amherst native, won the steeplechase at the All-New England Championship meet Saturday in Easton.
Lambert set a new personal best in the meet with a time of 10 minutes, 26.16 seconds, good for the nation’s second-best of the year.
The Jeffs finished 14th out of 35 Division I, II and III teams. UMass finished first.
Mount Holyoke 17, Western New England 16 — Liz Malenfant stopped 22 shots — including two in the final 30 seconds — to earn Most Outstanding Player honors as the Lyons (13-4) won the ECAC New England championship game in Springfield on Sunday.
Freshman Julia Bell scored six times in the contest.
Kirsten Kilburn scored five times and Malenfant had 11 saves in Mount Holyoke’s 16-6 win over Southern Maine in Saturday’s semifinals.
Lebanon Valley 14, McDaniel 10 — Anna Beaudry of Amherst scored three times, but the Green Terror (11-9) fell in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic title game Sunday in Westminster, Md.
Beaudry scored twice and had an assist in the team’s 19-4 win over Morrisville in the semifinals Saturday.
Amherst 5, Skidmore 0; Amherst 5, Wilkes 0 — The Lord Jeffs (19-2) advanced into their fifth straight NCAA tournament quartefinals with a pair of dominant wins over the weekend.
Amherst 5, Stevens 1 — The No. 3 Lord Jeffs (29-8) advanced to their fifth straight NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a dominant win Saturday in Longmeadow.