MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Three players recorded two hits each as the Amherst College softball team won a crucial NESCAC matchup on the road Friday night against Middlebury College, 3-2.
The Jeffs are now 3-3 in conference play and 13-8 overall following four wins in their last five outings. The Panthers drop to 5-4 in the NESCAC and 15-7 on the year.
Caroline Sealander '15, Brianna Cook '16 and Ally Kido '18 led the team offensively with two hits each, while Sealander finished 2-for-3 with a RBI. Alena Marovitz '17 added another RBI for the Purple & White with a sacrifice fly, and Donna Leet '15 and Idalia Friedson '15 each recorded a single to bring the Jeffs' total to eight hits. Jackie Buechler '17 pitched a gem in the circle and allowed just two runs (one earned) on nine hits, while striking out seven batters.
The Panthers were led by the bats of Kat Maehr and Hye-Jin Kim with two hits apiece. Kim finished 2-for-3 with a triple and a RBI, and Maehr went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Carlyn Vachow drove in a run on one hit, while Erin Giles tallied a double to round out the top offensive performances for Middlebury. Allison Quigley started in the circle and tossed a complete game. She struck out four and surrendered three runs on eight hits.
After a scoreless first inning, the visitor's got on the board in the top of the second as Cook led off with an infield single to third base. After an Amherst walk put runners on first and second, Sealander singled to right center to bring in Cook and advance Nicolette Miranda '16 to third. The junior scored on the next at-bat as Marovitz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Jeffs a 2-0 lead.
Middlebury cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the third as a single by Vachow brought home Maehr, who reached on a fielding error. However, after a scoreless fourth inning, the Jeffs increased their lead back to two when Kido hit an infield single with runners on first and second. Ayers scored on the play on an error by the shortstop.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers once again cut the deficit to one as Giles doubled down the right field line to get in scoring position. Two batters later, she crossed home on a single by Kim. It would be the closest Middlebury would get as Buechler retired three batters in a row in the bottom of the seventh en route to the 3-2 win.
Amherst returns to action tomorrow and will face Middlebury in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.