WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - After falling to 12th-ranked St. Thomas (Minn.), 18-9, the Amherst College softball team retaliated with a 12-9 (8 innings) win over Benedictine (Ill.) in the second game of its double-header during the 2015 season-opener in Winter Garden, Fla.
The Jeffs are now 1-1 on the season and will return to action tomorrow, March 16 to play Plattsburgh State (1 p.m.) and Framingham State (5 p.m.).
GAME 1: ST. THOMAS (MINN.) 18, AMHERST 9
Brianna Cook '16 went 3-for-3 in the loss with a triple and two singles, while Donna Leet '15 finished 1-for-2 with four RBI. Jackie Carr '18 went 1-for-1 with a RBI, Bailey Plaman '18 finished 1-for-1 with two RBI, and Lauren Tuiskula '17 and Ally Kido '18 each added a RBI. Alena Marovitz '17 went 2-for-3 with two singles, and Kelsey Ayers '15 finished 1-for-3 with a single.
GAME 2: AMHERST 12, BENEDICTINE 9
The Jeffs scored five runs in the top of the second inning to take a 5-0 lead, but the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the third and four more in the fifth inning to go ahead, 7-5. In the top of the sixth, Amherst tacked on three more runs but Benedictine forced extra innings to tie it at 8-8. In the top of the eighth inning, the Purple & White scored four runs to claim the win. The Eagles added one more run but it wasn't enough.
Amherst totaled 16 hits in the game, led by Carr who went 4-for-5 with four RBI. Ayers went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Nicolette Miranda '16, Annie Apffel '17 and Tuiskula all recorded two hits. Miranda and Apffel added a double each, while Carr registred a triple.
Jackie Buechler '17 started for the Jeffs and threw five innings. She struck out three and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Caroline Sealander '15 earned the win on the mound and allowed one run (unearned) on two hits, while striking out two.