AMHERST, Mass – The Amherst College softball team split its home opening doubleheader with WPI Wednesday afternoon, winning game one 2-1 before dropping the second game, 6-4.
WPI (12-4 )
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 2, WPI 1
- In a game that proved to be a pitchers duel, Amherst was first to cross the plate, scoring once in the second inning before WPI answered back in the third to even the score at 1-1.
- The Purple & White would score the game winning run in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a pass ball and a wild pitch to secure the 2-1 victory.
- First-year Sara Buck led off the second inning with her first collegiate homerun to give the Purple & White the advantage. Buck would go on to pace the Amherst offense in game one, going 2-for-3 and adding a double.
- The Engineers would make it a 1-1 contest in the top of the third, with Kristin Gallagher taking advantage of an Amherst throwing error earlier in the inning and doubling to score Nina Murphy-Cook.
- Julia Turner '19 would go on to tag all four bases and score the game-winning run after a leadoff single in the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Turner took advantage of a WPI pass ball followed by wild pitch to cross home plate.
- The Engineers led off the seventh with a walk but Buck caught the runner stealing before Lorena Ukanwa '19 closed out the inning with two strikeouts to earn the win in the circle.
- Kyra Naftel '19, Sammy Salustri '19, and Brianna Cook '16 all chipped in with a hit a piece to help the offense.
- Both teams notched six hits in the matchup.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 4, WPI 6
- In the night cap, WPI didn't waste any time to get on the board, scoring two runs in the first inning before Amherst answered back with a mirroring two runs in the bottom half to even the score. The Engineers would scored one more run in the fourth before Amherst took their only lead of the game in the fifth, scoring two runs to make it a 4-3 game. In the top of the sixth, WPI scored two more runs and never looked back, notching an insurance run in the seventh to clinch the victory.
- WPI started the game off with a walk, a hit, and two stolen bases to score two runs in the first inning. Amherst responded by talling four of their seven hits in the bottom half of the first to tie the game at 2.
- After two scoreless innings, WPI scored a run in the fourth before the Purple & White answered back again with two runs in the fifth to take their only lead of the game.
- The Engineers had a break-out sixth inning that scored the tying run and the game-winner. RiAnna May led off the top of the inning with a single before Julia Veitch moved her over on a fielder's choice. Hope Shevchukss notched a triple to right-center in the next at bat that scored the tying run before Jacquelyne DiTroia hit a single that scored the game-winning run for the Engineers.
- Naftel and Cook added two hits apiece for Amherst while Salustri, Buck, and Turner each had a hit. Lauren Tuiskula '17 took the loss in the circle for the Purple & White, allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out four in 5.2 innings.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Recording a hit in game one and two hits in game two, Naftel extends her hitting streak to 13 games. She has notched at least one hit for the Purple & White in every game so far this season.
- The Amherst College softball team will take on Middlebury Friday at home for their first NESCAC matchup of the year starting at 4 p.m.