Amherst, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team split with Wesleyan Saturday dropping game one, 1-3 before posting a 9-7 victory in 10 innings in game two.
Amherst (23-10, 7-5 NESCAC West)
Wesleyan (21-14, 5-7 NESCAC West)
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Amherst 1, Wesleyan 3
- Wesleyan was first on the board, plating a run in the second before Amherst answered back with a run of their own in the top of the third as Kyra Naftel '19 sent a sacrifice fly to left field to score Summers.
- Wesleyan notched four hits in the sixth including a double to score the final two runs of the game allowing a 3-1 victory for the Cardinals.
- Amanda Roosa led off the bottom of the second with a single up the middle for Wesleyan while Su Pardo notched a double to right center that scored Roosa before the inning was retired.
- After two more scoreless innings, Wesleyan's Roosa notched her second single of the game with one out. A batter later Rachel Kantor blasted a double to centerfield that scored Roosa for the go-ahead-run. Two more singles allowed Kantor to score for an extra insurance run to clinch the victory.
- The Cardinals out-hit the Purple & White, 10-4 in the matchup.
- Taylor Summers '16 stayed hot at the plate for Amherst notching two of Amherst's four hits.
- Jackie Buechler'17 (7-2) was credited with the loss in the circle, striking out five batters in six innings.
GAME TWO HIGHTLIGHTS: Amherst 9, Wesleyan 7 (10 inn.)
- A hard-fought battle between both teams resulted in a 10 inning contest. In the late game, Amherst out-hit the Cardinals 12-9.
- Wesleyan wasonce again first to strike, taking advantage of a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first. Riley Wieners doubled to centerfield to score Massoia for a 1-0 lead.
- Amherst's Alena Marovitz '17 put herself in scoring position in the top of the third with a leadoff double while Sara Buck '19 followed up with a hit-by-pitch. With one out, senior Nicolette Miranda tripled to right field to take the lead on two RBI's. Annie Murphy '19 sacrifice flied to left field for another score in the inning.
- The Cardinals answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half, again on a leadoff free base. Wieners sacrifice flied to left center for another RBI.
- In the top of the fourth, the Purple & White used two doubles and a single to plate three more runs, 6-2. Miranda and Murphy both doubled in the inning that was good for an RBI a piece.
- The Cardinals sparked a big sixth inning with back-to-back walks before Su Pardo pinched hit and cracked a RBI double to centerfield. Annalie Walsh-Costello followed up with a double that tallied the third run of the inning, cutting the deficit to one.
- A quick top of the inning for Amherst allowed the Cardinals one more at-bat that would tie the game.
- Another leadoff walk was drawn by Wesleyan before Pardo tied up the game with a RBI single to leftfield to send the game into extra innings.
- Neither team could score a run before the international-run-rule came into effect in the 10th inning.
- Naftel was placed on second at the start of the inning before Sammy Salustri '19 singled to right field that moved Naftel to third. Marovitz blasted her third double of the day scoring both runners. Buck added a sacrifice fly to score Marovitz for Amherst's final run of the game.
- Pardo was placed on second for the Cardinals at the bottom of the inning before Kantor ripped a double to score Pardo, but Amherst was able to retire the next three batters not allowing another run to score.
- Lorena Ukanwa '19 (8-3) threw seven of the 10 innings, striking out five of the 26 batters she faced.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Summers was the lone player to have two hits in game one, going 2-for-3 with a run scored while adding a stolen base. Salustri and Annie Apffel '17 each notched a hit in the game.
- Marovitz paced the Purple & White offense in game two going 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs scored and added an RBI.
- Miranda, Julia Turner '19, and Lauren Tuiskula '17 contributed with two hits each in the 9-7 victory that clinched the second seed in the NESCAC West.
- The Amherst College softball team will travel to Williams College for the 2016 NESCAC Softball Championship to take on NESCAC East No. 1 seed, Tufts in game one Friday, May 6th at 5 p.m.