KEENE, N.H. – The Amherst College softball team split its non-conference doubleheader at Keene State Wednesday afternoon with a 12-3 victory in five innings before dropping game two to the Owls, 1-0.
Amherst (18-6, 4-1)
Keene (14-12, 5-1)
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 12, Keene State 3
- The Amherst bats were hot in game one, notching 14 hits to score 12 runs highlighted by a pivotal six-run fourth inning.
- Both teams were scoreless in the first inning but Keene's Morgan Fallon put the Owls on the board first with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the second. Amherst answered back with three runs in the top of the third to take the lead, but Keene tallied another run to cut the deficit to one.
- Batting through the entire lineup, Amherst scored six runs on four hits drawing two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
- The Owls only crossed the plate one more time in the bottom of the fourth while Amherst scored three more times to end the game in five innings.
- Julia Turner '19 found her way to first on an Owl error while classmate Sammy Salustri followed with a single. Senior Brianna Cook traded places with Turner on an RBI double for the first Purple & White run. Alena Marovitz reached first on a fielder's choice to score Salustri, while Cook crossed the plate on the play.
- Amherst strung together three singles in the top of the fourth to score a run. Marovitz had a bases-clearing double, her second of the game, to put Amherst ahead, 8-2. A hit-by-pitch and base-on-balls got the Purple & White back to the inning's leadoff batter as Annie Murphy '19 scored before the frame was retired.
- Keene answered with their second home run of the game coming from Jen Galavotti. In the top of the fifth, Amherst had five hits to plate its three final runs, including Marovitz's third double of the game.
- Jackie Beuchler '17 earned another win in the circle improving her record to 4-0.
GAME TWO HIGHTLIGHTS: Amherst 0, Bates 1
- The sides played out a pitcher's duel in the second game of the twinbill as the teams combined for just seven hits while both pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts . It was a scoreless game through the first five innings until the Owls plated the only run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth.
- In the top of the first, Kyra Naftel '19 notched the only extra base hit of the game with a two-out double to be one of just three runners to reach scoring position for the Purple & White.
- Senior Nicolette Miranda had the second hit of the game in the third while Salustri had the third and final hit for the Purple & White in the sixth.
- In the bottom of the sixth, two singles was all that was needed to score Kayla Votto on Fallon's single to center for what proved to be the game-winning run.
- First-year Lorena Ukwana (7-1) was credited with the loss for the Purple & White.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In game one, every Amherst batter notched at least one hit. Salustri, Cook, and Marovitz had a multi-hit game with two hits a piece while Marovitz notched four hits in the game.
- Marovitz was a perfect 4-for-4 in game one with three doubles, five RBI, and a run scored.
- The Amherst softball team will return to action Friday, April 22 for a single game against arch rival Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.