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AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team cruised to a doubleheader sweep of non-conference opponent MCLA Wednesday by scores of 11-3 (six innings) and 12-0 (five innings), respectively.
The Jeffs improved to 14-4 following the consecutive wins while dropping the Trailblazers to 4-12 overall on the year.
Amherst returns to the field Friday, Apr. 11 to face Williams on the road. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
GAME 1: AMHERST 11 MCLA 3 (six innings)
The Jeffs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and added four more in the second to take a commanding 6-0 lead entering the third.
With another Amherst score in the top of the third, the Jeffs led by seven but MCLA made a run in the bottom half of the inning, adding three scores to cut the deficit to four. However, it was all Purple & White the rest of the way, scoring a run in the fourth and adding three in the sixth.
Kaitlin Silkowitz '14 and Kelsey Ayers '15 led the Jeffs with three hits each, both hitting 3-for-5 with two RBI while Silkowitz added a triple. Brianna Cook '16, Donna Leet '15, Sarah McKay '16 and Carolyn Miller '14 all recorded two hits. Cook had two RBI and Leet hit for a triple. As a team, Amherst recorded 16 total hits with 10 RBI.
Arielle Doering '14 started on the mound and improved to 5-1 on the year. She threw a complete game, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out six.
GAME 2: AMHERST 12 MCLA 0 (five innings)
The second game of the twinbill was the same story as Amherst jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after two innings. The Jeffs scored in all five innings to pull away with the decisive 12-0 victory. They outhit the Trailblazers, 15-2.
Leading the way offensively were Ayers and Leet. Ayers went 3-for-4 with one RBI and four runs scored. Leet hit for a double and a triple with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, recording a team-high three RBI with three runs. Cook, McKay, Miller and Silkowitz all added two hits each. Silkowitz was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs socred. Cook, Alena Marovitz '17 and Miller all drove in two runs.
First-year pitcher Lauren Tuiskula threw a gem on the mound. With a complete game effort, Tuiskula only allowed two hits and struck out nine.