CLERMONT, Fla. - With two more wins Tuesday, the Amherst College softball team improved to 5-1 following wins over SUNY Geneseo, 6-5, and Wisconsin-River Falls, 7-5.
The Jeffs return to the field Thursday, March 19 and will play UMass-Boston at 9 a.m. followed by Western New England at 11 a.m.
GAME 1: AMHERST 6, SUNY GENESEO 5
The Jeffs jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 4.5 innings, and despite being outhit (11-6), held on to defeat the Knights by one. Ally Kido '18 and Donna Leet '15 each went 2-for-4 to lead Amherst offensively as Kido added a double, two RBI and a run scored, and Leet registered a solo home run. Brianna Cook '16 and Kelsey Ayers '15 each added a hit, and Cook drove in Kido with a two-run home run.
Jackie Buechler '17 started in the circle and struck out nine in five innings. She allowed four runs on eight hits and walked out one batter. Gina Pagan '18 entered in relief and surrendered one run on three hits and struck out one.
Leet opened the scoring with a home run in the top of the first, and a four-run third inning put the visiting team ahead by five. In the top of the fourth, Kido doubled to center field to drive in Ashleigh Rutherford '16, but a home run by Courtney Budynas of SUNY Geneseo in the bottom half of the inning cut the deficit to five. The Knights would score three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to get within one, but were held scoreless in the seventh as the Jeffs held on for the win.
GAME 2: AMHERST 7, WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS 5
The Purple & White jumped out to another big lead in game two of its doubleheader and once again had to hold off a late scare by its opponent. Leet and Ayers led Amherst's batters with two hits each. Leet finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored, and Ayers went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Cook, Jackie Carr '18 and Alena Marovitz '17 all drove in a run, and Annie Apffel '17 registered a double. The Jeffs totaled 11 hits in the game.
Lauren Tuiskula '17 earned the win in just three innings in the circle. She struck out five and allowed three runs on five hits. Caroline Sealander '15 pitched four innings of relief and allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts.
Amherst scored in the top of the first to get on the board before a big, five-run top of the second propelled the Jeffs to a 6-0 lead. The Falcons scored in the bottom half of the second, and twice more in the third to cut the deficit to three. The Jeffs scored again in the top of the sixth to go ahead by four for a comfortable cushion entering the seventh as the Falcons scored twice but fell short of a comeback.