SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gina Pagan '18 hurled a complete-game shutout to help the Amherst College softball team defeat Salve Regina, 2-0 in game three of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Regional Tournament at Potter Field on the campus of Springfield College.
In what was much of a pitcher's duel, Amherst was first on the scoreboard in the top of the second frame, scoring a run on two base hits. Andrea Sanders '20 notched an infield single before advancing to second and third on groundouts to the right side. With two-outs, Ally Kido '18 sent the ball down the right field line for an RBI single, giving Amherst an early 1-0 edge.
Both sides were retired with 1-2-3 outings before the Mammoths struck again in the top of the fourth. First-year Kate Kopatic singled to right field to lead off the inning before classmate Scout Boynton pinch ran. Advancing to second and third on back-to-back groundouts to the pitcher, Boynton stole home for the second score of the game when Alena Marovitz '17 drew a walk and advanced to second to forced a throw to the bag.
The Seahawks threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth inning when Amanda Riley was hit by a pitch before Emily Woznick singled through the left side. Lindsay Delgrego pinch ran for Woznick and advanced to second base when Riley stole third to put all runners in scoring position. With just one out, Pagan got out of the jam forcing a hard groundball to first base before retiring the inning on a pop up to the shortstop.
Neither team would plate a run in the final inning of play as Amherst secured the 2-0 victory over the Seahawks.
Marking her 19th win of the season, Pagan had a stellar performance in the circle tossing a three-hitter while fanning seven in the winning effort.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Amherst outhit the Salve Regina 6-3, while the Seahawks held 1 -2 edge in errors.
• Kopatic was the lone player on either team to notch a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 at the dish, while Kido was the only player to collect an RBi.
• Pagan ranks 29 in the country in wins and 36th in hits allowed per seven innings among all pitchers.
• Five of seven leadoff batters reached first base for the Mammoths in the contest.