Softball Drops Doubleheader at Middlebury

Softball Drops Doubleheader at Middlebury

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst College softball team dropped its NESCAC doubleheader on the road Saturday to Middlebury College by scores of 5-4 and 11-3, respectively.

With the losses, the Jeffs drop to 13-10 overall and 3-5 in league play, while the Panthers improve to 17-7 and 6-4 on the year. The Purple & White return to the field tomorrow and will host Hamilton at 2 p.m.

Middlebury came out swinging in the first contest, plating three runs in the first inning. Sarah Freyre connected on a key three-run double to right center with two outs, giving her team the early lead.

Kat Maehr walked and was pinch-run for by Jackie Stern to lead off the third inning. Erin Giles later walked before Hye-Jin Kim singled to right center to score Stern from second base. Emma Hamilton followed with a base hit to left field to drive in Giles for the 5-0 advantage.

The Amherst bats came alive in the sixth, as they cut the lead to 5-2. Donna Leet '15 reached on a bunt single and stole second, moving to third on a base hit to right by Brianna Cook '16. Cook stole second and Leet broke for home and put the Jeffs on the board. Caroline Sealander '15 later drove in Cook for Amherst's second run.

The Purple & White rallied in the seventh with two outs. Kelsey Ayers '15 singled up the middle and moved to second when Leet singled to left center. Ally Kido '18 reached on a throwing error to load the bases with two outs. Cook delivered the key hit in the inning, singling through the left side to plate Leet and Ayers, making it a one-run game. Panther starter Neve Stearns induced a fielder's choice groundout to end the contest, leaving the tying run on second base. The hurler moved to 6-2 with her first complete-game win of the season, allowing just one earned run. Gina Pagan '18 (3-2) took the loss, allowing five runs and four hits over six innings of work.

O'Sullivan, Kim, Freyre and Hamilton each had hits for Middlebury, including the double from Freyre that drove in three runs. Cook finished 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Jeffs, Leet was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Sealander finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Middlebury jumped on Amherst early once again in game two, scoring seven runs in the first three innings, including three in the first on no hits. Giles scored a run with a bases-loaded walk, Maehr crossed the plate on a passed ball, while Vachow scored on a fielder's choice by Kim.

In the second inning, Christina Bicks singled to right center and stole second, before Maehr was hit by a pitch. Vachow followed with a double down the left field line to score Maehr and Bicks, making it a 5-0 game.

Amherst got on the board in the third as Ayers singled to right center with one out. Leet singled through the left side to put runners on first and second before Ayers moved them up with a SAC bunt. Cook singled to right to plate Leet before Sealander singled up the middle to drive in Leet to make it a 5-2 game.

Middlebury answered in the bottom half of the inning with a lead-off double to right center by Freyre. Hamilton reached on an infield single before both runners moved up on a passed ball. One batter later, Bicks singled to center to drive in both runs for the 7-2 advantage.

Alena Marovitz '17 homered to straight-away center in the top of the sixth before the Panthers won the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the inning. With two on, Freyre singled down the right-field line to load the bases. Hannah Marks came on to pinch hit, earning an RBI as she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Starting pitcher Allison Quigley singled to center to drive in another run, before Bicks ended the game with a two-run single to left.

Quigley improved to 11-3 with the win, allowing three runs over six innings with a pair of strikeouts. Amherst starter Jackie Buechler '17 (6-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, four earned over 2.1 innings of work. Lauren Tuiskula '17 gave up four runs on six hits in three innings.

Bicks went 3-for-3 in the game with four RBI and a run scored, while Vachow was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Freyre and Quigley each went 2-for-4 with Freyre scoring twice and Quigley driving in a run.

Marovitz paced the Jeffs with a 2-for-3 game with a solo shot, while six other Jeffs had hits.