Amherst Splits Doubleheader with Bowdoin, Washington (Mo.)

Amherst Splits Doubleheader with Bowdoin, Washington (Mo.)

LEESBURG, Fla. – The Amherst College softball team split its doubleheader Wednesday morning, posting a come from behind win over Bowdoin, 9-8 before falling to Washington (Mo.), 9-1 in six innings during Spring break action in Leesburg, Fla. 

With the split, Amherst improves to a 6-2 overall record. 


• Bowdoin plated five runs in the first two innings before the Purple & White answered back with a run of its own in the bottom of the second. The Polar Bears added three more scores in the fourth frame to extend its lead 8-1, before Amherst tallied two in the bottom of the fifth and then rallied in the seventh to steal the victory.
Andrea Sanders '20 continued to stay hot for the Purple & White's offense going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
Sammy Salustri '19 and Annie Murphy '19 contributed with two hits a piece while Lauren Tuiskula '17 and Kate Kopatic '20 each added a hit.
Gina Pagan '18 improved her record to 3-1 on the season tossing the final two innings with no hits, no runs, and no walks to go along with three strikeouts.


• The Purple & White scored its lone run in the top of the third when Sanders and Julia Turner '19 both drew a walks before Kyra Naftel belted a single to center field to plate Sanders.
• Senior Alena Marovitz '17 was the only other player to notch a hit as Bears' pitcher Anna McKee tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Gina Pagan was credited with the loss for Amherst, pitching 3.2 innings before Jackie Buechler '17 entered the game in relief. 


Lorena Ukanwa and Pagan have combined for 60 strikeouts in eight games with Ukanwa averaging 9.86 strikeouts per game and Pagan 8.23, respectively 


• The Amherst softball team will return to action Friday, March 16 to take on Wis.-Oshkosh at 8:00 a.m. followed by Arcadia at 10:30 a.m.