AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team picked up its first NESCAC West Division victory Saturday afternoon at Hamilton, beating the Continentals 10-5 in its first of the three-game series.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-6 overall, 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Hamilton falls to 7-11 on the season and to 0-1 in conference. The two teams will face off for a doubleheader at Loop Road Complex tomorrow, Sunday, April 2 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
After a scoreless first inning, the Purple & White claimed a 2-0 edge in the bottom of the second as Julia Turner '19 ripped a hard ground ball to the right side of the field to score Annie Murphy '19 before Andrea Sanders '20 plated on a run on a wild pitch.
Ally Kido '18 led off the bottom of the third with a solo shot over the center field fence, her fourth long ball of the season to set the score at 3-0. Amherst took advantage of a hit by pitch, two walks, an error and a pair of wild pitches to tally five more runs before the inning was retired, extending its lead, 8-0.
Still holding Hamilton scoreless, Andrea Sanders '20 singled in a run in the fourth while Turner collected her second RBI on the day scoring Murphy to lengthen the lead to 10-0.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, the Continentals strung together four hits to plate a trio of runs and send the game into sixth inning. Hamilton held Amherst scoreless for the remainder of the game and tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth to cut the deficit in half. With bases loaded and two outs, Kyra Naftel '19 recorded the final out of the contest to secure the Amherst victory.
Gina Pagan '18 (7-3) earned the complete-game win for Amherst, allowing just two earned runs while striking out four Continentals.
BY THE NUMBERS
• The Purple & White and the Continentals each had nine hits in the contest.
• Sanders and Naftel recorded a multi-hit game to lead the Amherst attack. Sanders was 2-for-2 at the dish scoring a pair of runs and an RBI, while Naftel also collected an RBI.