Jeffs Take One of Three From Williams

Contact: Mike O'Brien

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AMHERST, Mass. – After wrapping up Friday night's suspended game and cruising to a 13-2 win in six innings, the Amherst College softball team dropped its doubleheader to NESCAC archrival Williams by scores of 5-1 and 3-2, respectively, on Saturday at the Amherst College Softball Field.

The Jeffs (15-6, 4-4 NESCAC) scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning from the continuation of Friday night's game, which was halted in the fourth inning due to inclement weather. However, Williams (15-6, 5-1 NESCAC) held the home team to three runs total in the doubleheader to take the series, 2-1.  

GAME 1: AMHERST 13, WILLIAMS 2 (6 innings)
With Williams on top 2-0 after the opening frame of Friday's game, Amherst broke through with three runs in the top of the third. Plating five more in the top of the fourth, the Purple & White built a six-run advantage before play was halted at Cole Field.

Holding an 8-2 lead to begin the top of the fifth today at the Amherst College Softball Field, Amherst tacked on another five runs in the top of the sixth to pull away with the decisive 13-2 win. Four Jeffs recorded two hits while Brianna Cook '16 hit a three-run home run and totaled four RBI. Donna Leet '15 also hit a two-run home run and Alyssa Sherwill '15 went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Jackie Buechler '17 pitched a complete game, surrendering two runs on five hits.

GAME 2: WILLIAMS 5, AMHERST 1
Williams came out strong in the first game of the doubleheader. In the top of the first, Kacey Cramer '16 hit a RBI single and advanced all the way to third on the throw. The next batter, Ali Graebner '14, hit a deep double off the left field fence to drive in Cramer and give the visitors the early 2-0 lead.

The Ephs added two more in the second. With two outs and runners on second and third, Cramer drove in both runners with a single through the right side. She later scored on the next at-bat when Graebner hit a triple to right center.

Amherst got on the board in the bottom of the third. Kaitlin Silkowitz '14 started the inning off by reaching first base on an infield error by the Ephs. Kelsey Ayers '15 then stepped to the plate and sent her home with a single through the left side. However, the Jeffs couldn't overcome the deficit as the rest of the game featured a pitching duel between Lauren Tuiskula '17 of Amherst and Emma Harrington '15 from Williams.

Ayers and Leet registered the only hits in the game for the Jeffs. Ayers went 3-for-4 with a RBI while Leet finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Tuiskula pitched a gem in a relief effort, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits with four strikeouts.

The Ephs' bats were led by Cramer's 3-for-3 performance with three RBI, two runs scored and one walk. Graebner and Alison Michalik '17 both went 2-for-4 while Graebner drove in two runs. Harrington pitched a complete game, surrendering just one run (unearned) on five hits and striking out four.

GAME 3: WILLIAMS 3, AMHERST 2
Williams got on the board first in the top of the third inning. After beating out three infield singles, the Ephs loaded the bases with two outs when Melissa Cendejas '16 singled through the middle to drive in two runs and take a 2-0 lead for the third time in the series.

Amherst retaliated in the bottom half of the third when Ayers reached on an infield single with two outs and the bases empty, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Leet came to the plate in the next at-bat and drove her home with a line drive to center field.

The Jeffs evened the score in the fifth. Following a Williams error in the outfield, Nicolette Miranda '16 reached to put the game-tying run on base. Grabbing second on the error, she took third on a passed ball and later crossed home on a two-out single from Cook.

With a tied game heading into the top of seventh, Brooke Bovier '17 started off the inning with a deep double towards the left center fence. Mo Frank '15 advanced the pinch runner and reached first on a bunt. With no one covering second base, Frank advanced to put runners on second and third. Priscilla Pino '16 then drove in the eventual game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to center field. On the next at-bat, a hard grounder was hit to Jackie Buechler '17 who turned a double play, throwing the batter out at first while Sherwill threw it home to catch the Eph runner out at the plate.

Silkowitz singled with one out in the seventh but the Jeffs couldn't capitalize as they fell short in the nightcap. Ayers led Amherst offensively with two hits in four at-bats while scoring once. Five other Jeffs recorded a hit to give the home team seven total. Buechler pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts, while only walking one.

Bovier, Graebner, and Frank all went 2-for-3 from the plate and Cendejas had a team-high two RBI. Bovie started and tossed a complete game. She allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Amherst returns to the field Monday, Apr. 14 for a doubleheader at Wellesley beginning at 4:30 p.m.