AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College softball team cruised to an 11-2 win over UMass-Boston Thursday, but fell short in its comeback attempt against Western New England University, 4-3.
The Jeffs are now 6-2 on the year and have four more games remaining in their spring break schedule. The team returns to the field tomorrow for another doubleheader against Macalester (1 p.m.) and Calvin (3 p.m.)
GAME 1: AMHERST 11, UMASS-BOSTON 2
The Beacons (1-6) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead, however, they were held scoreless the rest of the way as Amherst scored in five of the next six innings. The Jeffs totaled 19 hits in the game and were led by first-year Ally Kido, who went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Kelsey Ayers '15 and Alena Marovitz '17 each went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, as Ayers recorded a triple and Marovitz brought in a run. Idalia Friedson '15, Brianna Cook '16 and Ashleigh Rutherford '16 all registered two hits, while Friedson recorded a team-high three RBI. Bailey Plaman '18 also recorded a hit for the Purple & White and drove in two runs.
Gina Pagan '18 earned the starting nod in the circle and picked up the win. She tossed four innings and allowed two runs on five hits with one strikeout. Nicolette Miranda '16 pitched in relief and did not allow a run in three innings, while only surrendering one hit and striking out two.
The Jeffs scored two runs in the top of the second and third innings, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take a five-run lead, 7-2. After a scoreless sixth, Amherst put together a four-run top of the seventh to pull away and secure its sixth straight win.
GAME 2: WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 4, AMHERST 3
Trailing 4-1 after two innings, the Jeffs retaliated with a run in the fifth and again in the seventh, but came up short. Ayers went 2-for-3 with two singles, while Kido finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Rutherford, Marovitz and Jackie Carr '18 all went 1-for-3 and Cook hit a RBI double. Jackie Buechler '17 pitched all seven innings for the Jeffs and struck out eight batters.