AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College softball team split its doubleheader against Little Three rival Wesleyan University Saturday on Senior Day at the Amherst College Softball Field.
After dropping game one, 4-2, the Jeffs responded with a 7-4 win in game two to claim the weekend series as they conclude the 2015 regular season with a 16-12 overall record and 5-7 NESCAC mark. The Cardinals are now 13-17-1 on the year and 3-7 in league play, and have one game remaining in the regular season slate.
GAME 1: WESLEYAN 4, AMHERST 2
The Cardinals got on the board early in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. With one out in the top of the first, Su Pardo singled and then crossed home on the following at-bat after a home run from Jill Gately.
Neither team produced a run in the second inning, but Wesleyan increased its lead in the third. Isabel Linzer singled to lead off the inning and then stole second to get in scoring position. Pardo hit another single on the following at-bat as both runners advanced to second and third on an Amherst throw, and Rielly Wieners brought home Linzer with a RBI single.
Amanda Roosa drove in another run for the Cardinals with a single in the top of the fifth as they pulled ahead, 4-0. The Jeffs cut the deficit to two in the bottom of sixth, but it wasn't enough. After Caroline Sealander '15 reached first on an error by the visitors, Ally Kido '18 hit a home run. However, Amherst's next five batters were retired as the Cardinals claimed the 4-2 win.
GAME 2: AMHERST 7, WESLEYAN 4
The Jeffs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings en route to the three-run win. Kelsey Ayers '15 led all batters with three hits (3-for-4), including a double, while Sealander hit a double and drove in three runs. Eight batters registered a hit for the Purple & White, who totaled 10 as a team. Lauren Tuiskula '17 tossed 4.0 innings in the winning effort, as she improved to 4-0 on the year. She allowed just two runs (one earned) on two hits. Jackie Buechler '17 pitched in relief and earned the save. She surrendered two runs on five hits and struck out four.
The Cardinals were led by Wieners, who hit a solo home run as she went 1-for-4 from the plate. Five others hit safely with a single to bring Wesleyan's total hits to seven. Roosa started in the circle and was credited with the loss, while Julie McDonald entered in relief and tossed 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
Amherst jumped on Roosa right away as Ayers doubled to lead off the bottom of the first. Tuiskula then singled to advance Ayers, and Brianna Cook '16 drove in the senior with a RBI bunt single. On the next at-bat, Sealander doubled to bring home two more runs as the Jeffs took a 3-0 lead after one.
In the bottom of the second, Amherst increased its lead to four when Sealander hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Ayers, who reached base on a bunt single.
Wieners cut the Cardinals deficit to three in the top of the third, but Amherst scored three more runs off three hits in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Kido was hit by a pitch with one out, and Alena Marovitz '17 and Alyssa Sherwill '15 hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Donna Leet '15 then stepped to the plate to pinch hit and singled, bringing home two runs. On the next at-bat, Friedson hit a sacrifice fly to right field as Sherwill scored.
Wesleyan retaliated in the top of the sixth as Wieners hit a lead-off home run to start the rally. After Jamie Hom reached on an Amherst error, Roosa brought her home with a RBI single and then scored on the next at-bat on a single from McDonald. However, the deficit was too large to overcome as Tuiskula retired the side in the seventh to secure the Jeff win.