In the first round of NESCAC playoffs seventh-seeded Amherst lost to second-seeded Middlebury 9-8 in Vermont on Saturday. The winning goal for the Panthers came at the end of a four-goal streak that culminated in an unassisted finish 22 minutes into the second half. “Despite the loss, our game on Saturday was one of our best performances of the season,” coach Christine Paradis said.

On April 13, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester tried unsuccessfully to pick a Cincinnati runner off first base. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But Lester had not attempted a pickoff in almost two years, a span that included 66 starts for the lefty. His last pickoff attempt, on April 30, 2013, came directly before he gave up a home run.

Though the weather was volatile at the NESCAC track and field championships, going from cold and windy to warm and still, the Amherst women’s track team had a definitively sunny meet with many great performances across the board. The Jeffs grabbed a fifth-place finish as a team, their highest finish since the 2008 team finished fourth. The meet was the first championship meet of the season, starting a five-week stretch during which various championship meets take place each weekend.