Softball Splits Non-Conference Doubleheader Against WPI, 7-5 and 8-4

Softball Splits Non-Conference Doubleheader Against WPI, 7-5 and 8-4

AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White used 13 hits and three homeruns to power past WPI, 7-5 in game one of Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader before falling, 8-4 in five innings due to darkness in game two. 

With the split, Amherst now owns a 9-5 overall record, while WPI moves to 7-7 on the season. The Purple & White return to action on Saturday, April 1 when they host Hamilton College for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.  

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

Amherst was first on the board following a scoreless first inning, posting a run before the Engineers answered back with two of its own to take its only lead of the contest. Roaring back, he Purple & White plated two in the third, three in the sixth, and an insurance run in the seventh to capture the 7-5 victory.

Amherst claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Sara Buck '19 led off the inning with a single to left field before Lauren Tuiskula '17 ripped a two-out double to score Buck. WPI answered back in the bottom half of the inning, plating two runs on two hits highlighted by a lead-off triple from Kristin Gallagher.

Regaining the lead, Kate Kopatic '20 notched a single to left before Alena Marovitz '17 blasted a two-run, 220-foot homer over center field fence to give Amherst a 3-2 edge. Going scorless at their next two at bats, the Engineers got back on the board with a run in the bottom of the fifth behind a lead-off single followed by a stolen base and pass ball to knot the game at 3-3.

The Purple & White took control in the sixth, exploding for three runs on five hits to secure the victory highlighted by a lead-off solo-homerun by Buck. With bases loaded after three consecutive singles, Kopatic notched a deep sacrifice fly to score Julia Turner '19 before Marovitz belted a single that would score Tuiskula.

WPI was held scoreless in the bottom of the frame before Buck collected her second homerun of the game in the seventh to tack on an insurance run. WPI plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within two, but the Engineers could not capitalize on another as Amherst claimed the victory.

Gina Pagan '18 (6-3) tossed a complete game to earn the win, striking out eight in the matchup.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

Continuing its momentum into game two, the Purple & White plated four runs in the top of the first, but remained scoreless through the next four innings, while WPI tallied runs in each of its at bats to secure the 8-4 win. 

With runners on first and second, Ally Kido '18 belted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning to give Amherst a quick 3-0 lead. Marovitz doubled to right field and advanced to third on a passed ball, before scoring on a WPI error after Annie Murphy sent a hard ground ball into play. 

WPI's Nina Murphy-Cook singled and advanced to second on an error to lead off the bottom of the frame. Murphy-Cook would then advance to third and score on a passed ball to cut the WPI deficit to three.

The Engineers collected six runs on eight hits and an Amherst error in the second and third before clinching the victory with two more hits and an insurance run in the fourth. 

Lorena Ukanwa '19 (2-2) was credited with the loss in the circle for Amherst, pitching 2.1 innings with four strikeouts and one walk.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • Amherst owned a 13-9 advantage in hits in game one, while WPI held a 12-8 edge in game two.
  • Buck led the Amherst offense in game one - going 3-for-4 at the dish, including three runs scored and two RBI, while four other Purple & White players each notched a multi-hit game.
  • Tuiskula and Marovitz contributed in game two with two hits a piece.
  • With eight K's on the day, Pagan now leads all NESCAC pitchers in strikeouts with 68 on the season.