Amherst Downs Middlebury, 7-4 in Opener, Second Game Suspended

Amherst Downs Middlebury, 7-4 in Opener, Second Game Suspended

AMHERST, Mass – The Amherst College softball team recorded a 7-4 win against Middlebury College in game one of a NESCAC doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Amherst Softball Field, while game two was halted due to darkness and will be resumed at a date to be determined.

Middlebury (5-5, 0-2 NESCAC)
Amherst (11-4, 2-0 NESCAC)

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 7, Middlebury 4

  • Middlebury started the game with a leadoff double to right center by Jackie Stern that would later be the lone run of the inning for the Panthers on a Sarah Freyre sacrifice fly.
  • In the bottom half of the inning, Amherst produced five of their 14 hits in the game to take a 2-1 lead.
  • In the top of the second, Erin Giles blasted a shot to right field that tipped off an Amherst glove allowing Giles to reach third. Emma Hamilton then scored Giles to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The Purple & White responded with another run to take their second lead of the game as senior Brianna Cook doubled and notched her second RBI of the game.
  • Amherst held the Panthers scoreless through the third and fourth innings and had a breakout bottom half of the fourth as it batted through its entire lineup. The Purple & White strung together three base hits to load the bases before junior Alena Marovitz cleared them with a three-run double extending its lead to 7-2.
  • Hamilton and Ali Della Volpe both singled for the Panthers before Kat Maehr doubled to score both runs cutting the deficit to three but that's as close as Middlebury could get.
  • Lorena Ukanwa '19 earned the win in the circle to improve her record to 6-1.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 6, Middlebury 9 (5 innings)

  • With a scoreless first inning on both ends, Middlebury used two hit-by-pitches and four singles to gain a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning. In the bottom half, Amherst cut the deficit to three to make it 5-2.
  • Both teams plated a run in the third while Middlebury scored three more in the fourth after a rain delay.
  • The Purple & White held the Panthers from scoring again in the fifth before Amherst rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth frame.
  • Both teams have 11 hits through five full stanzas.


  • The Amherst College softball team returns to action Wednesday at home against MCLA for a non-conference doubleheader with the first game beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m.