NORTHAMPTON, Mass – The Amherst College softball team swept Smith College in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday with a 3-2 win in nine innings, and a 5-3 win in six innings to improve its overall record to 15-5.
Smith College (8-14)
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 3, Smith 2 (9 inn.)
- Game one of the doubleheader was a pitcher's duel with a quick scoreless four innings.
- Smith was first to plate a run but Amherst responded back with a run of their own in the top of the sixth to send the game into extra innings as neither team could plate a run in the seventh.
- With a runner starting on second per the international tie breaker rule, both teams scored in the eighth to set the score at 2-2. The Purple & White plated a run in the ninth and held the Pioneers' runner at third as Gina Pagan '18 struck out the final two batters of the game to seal the win.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Smith's Alyssa Pioggia led off the inning with a single while Lydia DeAngelo notched a single of her own. Allison Snyder scored Pioggia on a single for the first run of the game.
- Amherst first-year Julia Turner notched her second hit of the game in the top of the sixth touching three bases for a leadoff triple. Classmate Sammy Salustri scored Turner on a single up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.
- With both teams scoring in the eighth to tie it at 2-2, the Purple & White scored the game winning run in the top of the ninth. Lauren Tuiskula '17 started on second for Amherst in the top of the ninth while Bailey Plaman '18 moved her over on a two-out error made by the Pioneers. Nicolette Miranda '16 scored Tuiskula on a single to right field for the win.
- The Pioneers moved the tying run to third in the home half of the ninth, but Pagan struck out the final two batters for the win.
- Pagan earned the win in the circle striking out five of the 10 batters she faced in the final three innings of the game.
GAME TWO HIGHTLIGHTS: Amherst 5, Smith 3 (6 inn.)
- Amherst was held scoreless in the first two innings of the game before three players crossed the plate in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead on the Pioneers.
- A two-run homer by Snyder cut the deficit to one (3-2). The Purple & White answered back in the fourth with two runs before Smith scored another in the sixth to make it 5-3 in favor of Amherst. Smith left three runners on base during their final at-bat as the Purple & White held on for the victory as the game was halted due to darkness.
- Salustri started a two-out rally in the top of the third with a single to center. Senior Brianna Cook found her way to first on a fielder's choice before Alena Marovitz '17 notched a bases-clearing double to put Amherst on the board first. Tuiskula then scored Marovitz on a single up the middle for a 3-0 advantage.
- Natalie Burchat led off the bottom half of the third for Smith with a single, while DeAngelo followed with a fielder's choice. Snyder put the Pioneers within one with her two-run homer to center.
- Plaman led off the fourth with a single to left before Miranda singled to center. Turner laced a two-run triple to center to put the Purple & White ahead by three (5-2).
- Both teams retired the side in order in the fifth before the Pioneers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth but couldn't plate another leaving the tying and winning runs on base.
- Pagan earned her second win of the day improving her record to 5-3.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In game one, Miranda paced the offense going 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI.
- Turner was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and notched her first triple of the night in game one.
- Turner, Salustri, and Tuiskula registered multiple hits in game two for the Purple & White as each finished the contest 2-for-3 at the plate. Turner drove in two runs and added a triple, while Tuiskula recorded an RBI, and Salustri scored a run.
- Amherst notched a total of 20 hits in the two games (10 in each).
- The Purple & White return to action Saturday, April 16 for a non-conference doubleheader against Bates College. First pitch of game one is set for 2:30 p.m. followed by game two at 4:30 p.m.