AUBURN, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team dropped its doubleheader to Hamilton College Friday night in its 2015 NESCAC opener by scores of 13-5 and 9-7, respectively, at the Town of Auburn Pappas Complex in Auburn, Mass.
Following the pair of losses, the Jeffs drop to 8-6 overall this year and 0-2 in league play. The Continentals improve to 7-7 on the season and 2-0 in the conference.
GAME 1: HAMILTON 13, AMHERST 5
The Continentals scored a run in each inning of game one and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two and a half innings. Olivia Gozdz doubled to left field in the top of the first to drive in a run, and later scored after a single from Ellie Kiernan to give the visitors the momentum early.
After three more runs from the Continentals in the top of the third, the Jeffs responded in the bottom half of the inning as they cut the deficit to four. Jackie Carr '18 tripled to left center to bring in Kelsey Ayers '15 and later crossed home on an infield single by Donna Leet '15. However, it was the closest Amherst would get the rest of the way. Hamilton outscored the Jeffs, 7-3 in the final four innings en route to the win.
Three players recorded two hits for the Jeffs as Ayers, Carr and Leet all finished 2-for-4 with a RBI. Brianna Cook '16, Alena Marovitz '17 and Bailey Plaman '18 each hit safely once, as Plaman registered a two-RBI double. Jackie Buechler '17 started in the circle and struck out four batters in three innings.
Every Hamilton player registered a hit as the team totaled 20 in the game. The visitors were led by Gozdz, who went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Phoebe Collins and Kelly Leonard each went 3-for-5, while four others tallied two hits. Leonard also pitched in the circle and tossed all seven innings. She allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits.
GAME 2: HAMILTON 9, AMHERST 7
The visitor's came out strong to open the nightcap and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first. However, the Jeffs retaliated with a huge bottom of the second to take its first lead of the night. Cook led off with a single through the left side to get things going. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Alyssa Sherwill '15 singled to center field to bring in two runs. Caroline Sealander '15 then doubled on the next at-bat to bring in a run, Ayers hit a sacrifice fly, Carr hit a RBI triple and Cook capped off the inning with a two-RBI triple as the Jeffs pulled ahead, 7-4.
After a scoreless third, Hamilton cut the deficit to two as Gozdz hit an inside the park home run to bring in Leonard. The Continentals added three more the following inning as they took a 9-7 lead. Following the seven-run second inning, the Jeffs were unable to score the rest of the way as they dropped the nightcap.
Cook led the Purple & White with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate and drove in two RBI. Sealander went 2-for-2 with a RBI and run scored, and Ayers and Carr each recorded two hits. Miranda and Sherwill totaled a hit each to bring Amherst's total to 11. Sealander started for the Jeffs and tossed four innings, striking out five, and Pagan pitched the final three with three strikeouts.
Gozdz had a huge day for Hamilton and added four more hits in game two. She was 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Becca Butler and Hannah Staab each went 3-for-4 with a RBI, and Kiernan and Talia Mercado added two more hits as the Continentals totaled 15. Three different pitchers took the mound for Hamilton as Zoe Singer picked up the win with four scoreless innings and five strikeouts. Leonard tossed the seventh inning and registered the save.