Amherst Sweeps Middlebury In NESCAC West Action, 3-0, 7-0

Amherst Sweeps Middlebury In NESCAC West Action, 3-0, 7-0

MIDDLEBURY, VT. – The Amherst College softball team extended its winning streak to eight games after two victories over NESCAC West foe Middlebury College, winning game one 3-0 before securing a 7-0 victory Sunday afternoon. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 17-6 overall and stays perfect in conference play with a 6-0 record, while Middlebury falls to 6-7 on the season, 0-3 in NESCAC west play. The Mammoths host Smith College Wednesday, April 12 for a non-conference matchup at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

Scoreless after two innings of play, the Mammoths strung together three hits at the top of the third to plate two of its three runs. Lauren Tuiskula '17 notched a leadoff double before Kyra Naftel '19 singled to third and advanced to second. With runners in scoring position, Ally Kido '18 singled down the right field line for an RBI and Alena Marovitz '17 sent a deep sacrifice fly ball to centerfield to give Amherst a 2-0 edge.

At the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers narrowly cut the deficit in half drawing a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A Middlebury sacrifice bunt would move Hye-Jin Kim to third, but with two outs Lorena Ukanwa '19 retired the inning with a strikeout to hold the 2-0 lead.

The Mammoths plated an insurance run at the top of the seventh on a Kido single to left before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Sammy Salustri '19 notched a two-out RBI single up the middle to secure the win.

Jackie Buechler '17 (3-0) tossed four innings in the winning effort, while Lorena Ukanwa picked up the save pitching the final three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four batters. 

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

After a quick three up, three down first inning on both sides, Marvotiz belted a double down the left field line before Annie Apffel '17 switched places on an RBI double to right field to put the Mammoths on the scoreboard first. 

Holding a 1-0 advantage, Naftel led off the top of the third with a single. Apffel started a two-out rally with a single up the middle that would advance Naftel to third. Salustri stayed hot placing the ball down the right field line for an RBI before Annie McCluskey '20 tacked on another run with a single of her own.

In the top of the sixth, Tuiskula plated an unearned run on another sacrifice fly by Marovitz, increasing the lead to 4-0.

Amherst posted three more runs in the top of the seventh on three hits to put a staple on the three-game series sweep. 

Ukanwa earned the start in the circle for the Mammoths striking out five in three innings, while Gina Pagan '18 (11-3) hurled four innings in relief.

BY THE NUMBERS

• The Mammoths out hit the Panthers 26-7 in the outings. 
• Naftel and Salustri led the Amherst attack going 6-for-8 at the dish in twin bill.
• Kido, Tuiskula, and Apffel notched two hits a piece in game one, while Apffel and McCluskey contributed with a multi-hit game in the latter.