AMHERST, Mass. – Gina Pagan '18 recorded six strikeouts in a complete game in the circle and the Purple & White offense recorded 18 total hits as the Amherst College softball team powered past Trinity College, 13-4 in a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the Amherst Softball Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-5 on the season, while Trinity falls to 6-5 overall. Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, March 29 when they travel to WPI for a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tied 1-1 entering the third inning, Amherst exploded for three runs in the third and fourth to outscore the Bantams 12-3 down the stretch and secure the 13-4 victory.
First on the scoreboard, Trinity claimed a 1-0 edge in the bottom of the first as Nicole Towner powered a hard ground ball through the right side to plate Michelle Treglia with two outs. Responding immediately, Amherst notched a run of their own in the next half inning, with Annie Murphy '19 laying down a bunt single and Andrea Sanders '20 reaching home on a throwing error by the Bantam pitcher.
Holding Trinity scoreless at their next at bat, Amherst took their first lead of the game in the third to go up 4-1. With runners on first and second, Alena Marovitz '17 blasted a shot to center field that allowed Sammy Salustri to advance to third and score on an error, before two more Purple & White runners crossed home plate behind Ally Kido '18 and Sara Buck '19 connecting on back-to-back singles.
Getting back a run in the bottom half of the inning, Courtney Erickson plated Erica Merullo on a booming triple to center field to set the score at 4-2.
Taking advantage of two early errors by the Bantams, the Purple & White logged their second consecutive three-run inning in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Kyra Naftel '18 sent a sacrifice fly to left field to score Murphy, before steals by Julia Turner '19 and Lauren Tuiskula '17 set the stage for Marovitz to post two RBI with a line drive single to center.
Keeping Trinity within striking distance, Victoria Baez hammered a ball over the left field wall with a runner on base to record 2RBI to make it a 7-4 contest entering the fifth.
Amherst closed out the game with six unanswered runs, starting with a sacrifice fly by Tuiskula in the fifth to plate Sanders and a solo homerun by Kido in the sixth. Amherst racked up four more runs in the final inning, with Naftel, Kido and Buck recording RBI's to help lift the Purple & White to the 13-4 win.
Four Purple & White batters notched three hits each in the contest, with Kido leading the way with a 3-for-5 performance, including a homerun, and a team-high four RBI. Naftel highlighted Amherst on the bases, recording two stolen bases, while Turner and Tuiskula logged one steal apiece.
Pagan (5-3) tossed a complete game in the circle for Amherst, registering six strikeouts and allowing eight hits in the winning effort. Lindsay Golia (4-2) took the loss for Trinity, giving up eight runs behind 14 hits in 4.2 innings, while Cassia Armstrong allowed five runs and four hits in 2.1 innings in relief.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst owned an 18-8 edge in hits in the outing.
- Amherst left eight runners on base, while Trinity stranded five and committed six errors.
- The Purple & White pitching staff allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out six and walking two, while Trinity's pitchers combined to allow 18 hits and nine earned runs while whiffing one batter and walking one.