Softball

2017 RECORD 34-12; NESCAC: 10-2; NR -- NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 6

Mammoths Sweep MCLA, 9-0 (5 Inn.) and 8-1 (6 Inn.)

Mammoths Sweep MCLA, 9-0 (5 Inn.) and 8-1 (6 Inn.)

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst Mammoths extended its winning streak to five games after a non-conference doubleheader sweep over MCLA. Downing the trailblazers in game one, 9-0, before posting a 8-1 win in six innings due to darkness Wednesday afternoon.

With the sweep, Amherst improves to 14-6 overall, while MCLA drops to 0-12 on the season. The Mammoths return to action on Saturday, April 8 when they travel to Middlebury for a single game NESCAC contest.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

Holding the Trailblazers scoreless, Andrea Sanders '20 led off the bottom of the stanza with a bunt single before Kyra Naftel '19 reached on a hit-by-pitch. With runners on second and third, Annie McCluskey '20 recorded two of her four RBI on a two-out double to left field to put the Mammoths on the scoreboard. 

Sophomore Julia Turner ripped a triple to center field and would score on Sanders ground out to extend the lead to three. Naftel recorded a single and stolen base before scoring on Kate Kopatic's '20 single to left field. McCluskey stayed hot at the plate notching another extra base hit that was good for a two RBI triple.

The Mammoths used a leadoff walk and a trio of singles to plate two more runs in the bottom of the third that would be enough to secure the early 9-0 victory after five innings.

Jackie Buechler '17 and Lorena Ukanwa '19 shut down the Trailblazers offense allowing just two hits in five innings. Buechler (2-0) earned the win in the circle tossing three innings while Ukanwa relieved the final two innings striking out four of the six batters she faced. 

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

Striking early, Amherst tallied two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Lauren Tuiskula '17 led off with a bunt single before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Naftel drew a walk and advanced to second to set the table for McCluskey who would score Tuiskula on a ball powered to the right side. Alena Marovitz '17 used a single to score Naftel and give the Mammoths a 2-0 edge.

Neither team could plate a run in the second and third innings, but Amherst extended its lead to six on a Tuiskula single, Naftel triple, and a Marovitz homerun. 

Down by six at the top of five, MCLA took advantage of an Amherst error to score its first run of the day on an Ashley Wilson single to cut the deficit to five, while Amherst notched two hits to plate two runs before the side was retired. 

At the top of the sixth, the Mammoths shut down the Trailblazers with a 1-2-3 outing before the umpires called the game due to darkness.

Gina Pagan '18 (9-3) secured the victory in the circle allowing one hit while striking out four in 4 innings pitched. Tuiskula tossed two innings giving up one hit and striking out two.

BY THE NUMBRS

• Amherst held an 18-4 edge in hits in the doubleheader.
• McCluskey highlighted the Amherst offense going 4-for-6 at the dish with seven RBI, two triples, and a double.
• Sanders and Kopatic recorded two hits each in game one, while Marovitz and Tuiskula added a multi-hit game in game two.