WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 25 Amherst College softball team dropped its NESCAC West double header to archrival Williams College, losing game one 2-1, before falling 5-2 in game two Saturday afternoon at Cole Field in Williamstown, Mass.
With the two losses, Amherst moves to 23-10 on the season, 9-2 in conference, while Williams improves to 24-9 overall, 7-0 in NESCAC action. The Mammoths host the Ephs tomorrow, April 23 for its single game matchup at 12:00 p.m. at the Amherst Softball Field.
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS
In what was a pitcher's duel for the majority of the contest, Williams was first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Margo Beck hit a solo home run to left center to give the Ephs a 1-0 edge.
Responding immediately, Andrea Sanders '20 reached first on a fielding error to leadoff the top of the fifth. Executing a sacrifice bunt, Julia Turner '19 moved Sanders to second and Lauren Tuiskula '17 used a groundout to the right side that advanced Sanders on third. With two-outs, Sammy Salustri '19 drove in Sanders on a double to right field to even the score at 1-1.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Rebecca Duncan singled through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Beck before sprinting to third on a Riley Salvo groundout. The Ephs could not plate the go-ahead run as Gina Pagan '18 forced a fly out to the shortstop to retire the inning and strand the runner on third.
Turner singled up the middle with one out in the top of the seventh for Amherst, but Mackenzie Murphy tossed a pop up and a groundout to the next two batters to keep the game even at 1-1.
Pagan (14-4) took the loss in the circle for the Mammoths, surrendering five hits, fanning two, and walking just one batter.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS
The Ephs picked up where they left off in game one with a Curt home run in the bottom of the first to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. Extending its lead to 5-0 in the second stanza, Alvarado and Kim recorded an RBI each while Murphy drove in two runs on a double to right field.
Turner stayed hot for Amherst ripping a leadoff double and advancing to third on a passed ball, before Salustri notched an RBI single to center to cut the deficit to 5-1 in the third.
Two innings later, Turner belted a leadoff triple down the right field line and crossed the plate on Tuiskula's RBI single to left. With no outs and bases loaded, Duncan got out of a jam for Williams with a strike out and two fly outs and did not allow another run in the final two innings.
In for relief in the bottom of the second with two outs, Lorena Ukanwa '19 held the Ephs scoreless the remainder of the game allowing just two hits and striking out four.
BY THE NUMBERS
• In game one, both teams recorded five hits, while in the second contest, Amherst out-hit Williams, 8-6.
• Turner had a stellar performance at the plate going 4-for-5 with three extra base hits and two runs scored. Salustri was the only other Amherst player to record two hits in a game going 2-for-4 in game two.