Amherst Comeback Falls Short at Wesleyan

Cook2.jpg Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. – Dropping its second game in as many days, the Amherst softball team fell to 17-9 (4-5 NESCAC) on the season with an 8-7 loss to Little Three rival Wesleyan University.

Originally scheduled as part of a twinbill earlier this season, Amherst and Wesleyan played four full innings on Mar. 29 before rain halted action. Picking things up in the top of the fifth and the Cardinals ahead, 7-6, Amherst ultimately could not complete the comeback with Wesleyan grinding out a one-run victory.

Kaitlin Silkowitz '14 finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Kelsey Ayers '15, Brianna Cook '16 and Alena Marovitz '17 each went 2-for-4 while accounting for six of the team's seven RBI. Jackie Buechler '17 tossed all six innings for the Jeffs, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on nine hits.

Jamie Hom '17 recorded a hit in two of her three at-bats for Wesleyan, collecting three RBI and two runs scored. Abigail Rutt '17 was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Jill Gately '15 also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Su Pardo '16 went the distance in the win, giving up seven runs on 12 hits, while striking out 10.

Jumping out to an early lead, Wesleyan plated five runs in the first two frames thanks to a two-run Rutt roundtripper and a three-run Hom homer to center. Battling back, Amherst plated a pair of runs on an Ayers double and Cook single in the top of the third. The following inning, Annie Apffel '17 lifted a solo blast over the centerfield wall to trim the deficit to 5-3.

After Gately singled in a run in the bottom half of the fourth, the Jeffs mounted a rally, pushing three across in the fifth on a big Marovitz home run just before the game was halted. Holding Wesleyan off the board when the contest resumed this afternoon, Amherst tied it in the sixth. Silkowitz got the rally started with a one-out single before stealing second. Ayers followed with a comebacker up the middle that brought home the game-tying run.

Coming right back Wesleyan pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the frame. After Amy Lindland '14 beat out grounder to short, Hom laid down a sacrifice bunt. Taking advantage of an Amherst throwing error on the play, Lindland came all the way around to score the decisive final run.

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at Elms.