Coach Johnson Secured her 300th Career Win, Mammoths Sweep Tufts 3-2, 11-3

Coach Johnson Secured her 300th Career Win, Mammoths Sweep Tufts 3-2, 11-3

MEDFORD, Mass. – Head Coach Jessica Johnson picked up her 300th career win as the Amherst College softball team recorded 14 runs in a non-conference doubleheader sweep over Tufts winning in game one, 3-2 before run-ruling the Jumbos in game two, 11-3 Saturday afternoon at Tufts University.  

With the win, the Mammoths improve to 26-8 overall, while the Jumbos fall to 18-14 on the season. Amherst secured the No. 2 West Seed in NESCAC playoffs and will head to Bowdoin Friday, May 12 to take on the No. 1 East Seed, Bowdoin for a 2:30 p.m. start.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

The Mammoths struck first early in the game plating a run in the top of the first inning when Sammy Salustri '19 doubled down the left field line to get into scoring position, before Kyra Naftel '19 was hit by a pitch. Kate Kopatic '20 popped up to the second baseman who tried to double off Naftel but couldn't, and advanced Salustri to third who then scampered home on a throwing error by the first baseman.

Raven Fournier blasted a leadoff solo homerun in the bottom of the second to knot the game at 1-1.

Amherst regained the lead four frames later on a leadoff walk from Kopatic. Gina Pagan '18 pinch ran for Kopatic, advancing to second and third on back-to-back groundouts to the pitcher. With two outs, Alena Marovitz '17 drove in Pagan on a line drive to centerfield to gain a 2-1 advantage.

Responding immediately, the Jumbos evened the game for the second time on a sacrifice fly out to deep centerfield. But the Mammoths clinched the win in top of the seventh when Salustri singled with one out before Kopatic notched a two-out RBI double to right center to score Salustri from first for the 3-2 win. 

Pagan picked up her 15th win of the season pitching a complete game, scattering five hits and fanning six in the winning effort.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS 

After two scoreless innings, the Mammoths' bats came alive plating 11 runs in the third and fourth innings of action.

Salustri stayed consistent at the dish drawing a walk to start the five-run two-out rally. Naftel followed up with a walk of her own before Marovitz plated Salustri on an RBI single up middle. With runners on the corners, Marovitz stole second and Julia Turner '19 knocked in two more runs on a double to left field. Andrea Sanders '20 and Annie Murphy '19 collected the final two RBI of the inning, extending the lead to 5-0 on a triple and single, respectively. 

Holding the Jumbos scoreless, Amherst tacked on six more runs an inning later, batting through its entire lineup in the stanza. Ally Kido '18 doubled to left while Lauren Tuiskula '17 walked and Salustri singled up the middle to load the bases. Naftel ripped an RBI single to left before Marovitz was hit by a pitch, lengthening the lead to 7-0. Sanders cleared the bases on a three RBI double down the left field line and then scored on an Annie Apffel '17 single before the inning was retired. 

Narrowly pushing the game into the sixth inning, the Jumbo's scored a trio of runs on four hits to pull within eight runs, but Amherst held the runner on second base to secure the 11-3 mercy.

Lorena Ukanwa '19 (7-2) hurled the complete five-inning game walking just one batter and striking out eight.

BY THE NUMBERS

• The Mammoths held a 19-11 advantage in hits over the Jumbos.
• Salustri highlighted game one going 2-for-4 at the dish and scoring two of the three runs, while each starter notched at least one hit in the later game.
• Sanders collected four RBI, scored a pair of runs, and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two extra base hits in game two.
• Naftel notched her 50th hit on the season, while Marovitz collected her 33rd RBI which moves her to third all-time on the program's single-season RBI list.