SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sammy Salustri '19 collected four RBI as the Amherst College softball team claimed a five-inning, 11-2 victory over UMass Boston in Friday afternoon's NCAA Division III Regional Championship contest at Potter Field in Springfield, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 29-10 on the season and will face Salve Regina Saturday, May 13 at Potter Field beginning at 9 a.m.
Following a 1-2-3 top of the second, Amherst extended its lead to 6-0 plating five runs on four hits. Drawing a leadoff walk, Andrea Sanders '20 stole second before Ally Kido '18 was hit by a pitch. Reaching first on a fielder's choice, Annie Murphy '19 ripped a hard ground ball to third before classmate Julia Turner loaded the bases on a base hit. Lauren Tuiskula '17 and Kopatic then notched RBI singles, while Salustri blasted a bases-clearing triple to right center, to highlight the scoring in the frame.
Amherst tacked on three more runs to increase its lead to 9-0. Kido used a sacrifice fly ball to score Sanders, while Salustri and Naftel collected an RBI each before the inning was retired.
UMass Boston posted its only two runs of the game when Kiera Prusmack doubled to right field and advanced to second on a catching error, before scampering home on a groundout to the shortstop. Roxanne Vento homered for to centerfield for the Beacons to cut the deficit to 9-2.
Securing the 11-2 run-rule victory in the bottom of the fifth frame, Turner led off the inning with a single to center field before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Salustri drew a walk before Annie Apffel '17 notched a two-out two RBI walk-off single for the Mammoths.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Mammoths held a 12-4 edge in hits over the Beacons.
- Salustri paced the Amherst offense going 2-for-3 at the dish collecting four RBI and scoring twice.
- Kopatic, Sanders, and Turner were all 2-for-2 with a combined two RBI and four runs scored.