WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team used an eighth-inning home run in game two by Alena Marovitz '17 to lift the Jeffs to a split of Saturday's NESCAC West softball action with Little Three rival Williams College at Cole Field. The Ephs won game one, 2-0, while the Jeffs took game two, 9-8 in eight innings.
With the split, Amherst improves to 10-7 overall, 1-3 in NESCAC West action, while Williams moves to 15-4 overall, 3-1 in league play. Amherst and Williams will play a single game Sunday, April 12 at the Amherst College Softball Field at 1 p.m.
GAME ONE: WILLIAMS 2, AMHERST 0
In game one of Amherst's doubleheader with archrival Williams, the Ephs struck early as Mo Frank connected for a one-out single through the right side brining Kacey Cramer to the plate, who launched a two-run homer to left field to give Williams a 2-0 lead.
It proved to be all Brooke Bovier (7-2) needed as she allowed just two hits in seven innings pitched and struck out four batters to earn the win in the circle. Jackie Buechler '17 (4-4) suffered the loss as she fanned four batters in six innings of work and allowed just five hits in the game. Nicolette Miranda '16 and Alyssa Sherwill '15 accounted for Amherst's two hits in the game.
Williams left six runners on base and had just one advance as far as third base following Cramer's first inning home run. The Jeffs stranded four runners on base.
GAME TWO: AMHERST 9, WILLIAMS 8 (8 INNINGS)
In game two, Williams opened up an early, 4-0 lead before Brianna Cook '16 drove in Kelsey Ayers '15 with a pop up to center field in the top of the fourth to make it 4-1.
After an Alison Michalik homer in the home half of the frame, the Jeffs answered with four runs in the top of the fifth when Ally Kido '18 cracked an RBI double, before Cook ripped a two-run triple to left field. An RBI sacrifice bunt off the bat of Marovitz knotted the game at 5-5.
The Ephs responded with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Lexi Curt drove in a pair with a single, and then scored on a groundout by Melissa Cendejas to give Williams an 8-5 advantage.
The Purple & White came storming back with three in the top of the seventh when Donna Leet '15 launched a two-run homer, plating Jackie Carr '18 to set the score at 8-7. A solo shot by Kido evened the game at 8-8 before Williams' starting pitcher Emma Harrington got out of the jam. In the top of the eighth, Marovitz homered to left field and provided what stood as the game-winning run as Gina Pagan '18 (3-1) earned the win for Amherst.
Leet finished 3-for-4 with two runs driven in, while Ayers, Kido and Lauren Tuiskula '17 added two hits each. Tuiskula pitched the first three innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out one, while Pagan tossed the final five frames and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts.
Harrington (7-2) suffered the loss for the Ephs, allowing nine runs on 12 hits, while fanning five batters.