AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team continued its historic season with a 3-0 victory over No. 18 Ramapo College in game two of the NCAA Division III Championship Super Regional Friday afternoon at the Amherst Softball Field in Amherst, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 33-10 on the season and is the first team to punch its ticket to the national championship at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Mammoths will await the winner of Trine University (Ind.) and the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh who compete in other Super Regional action today and tomorrow. Ramapo concludes its 2017 season with an over record of 32-11. Championship action is set for May 25-30 with game times yet to be determined.
Batting as the away team in game two of the best-of-three series, Amherst forged ahead in the top of the second when Julia Turner '19 reached base on a two-out walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, and then scored on a double to center field by Alena Marovitz '17 to give the Mammoths a 1-0 edge. A foul out to third base ended the threat for Amherst.
The sides played four and a half scoreless innings with neither offense able to get a runner past second base before Amherst added to its lead in the top of the seventh. A two-out walk to Annie Murphy '19 set the stage for Lauren Tuiskula '17 who cracked a triple to right center field allowing Murphy to cross the dish. Sammy Salustri '19 followed with a base hit down the left field line that gave the Mammoths their third run of the contest before the Roadrunners got out of the jam with a groundout.
After a hit batter and a wild pitch allowed Ramapo to get into scoring position, Lorena Ukanwa '19 entered the circle in relief of Amherst starter Gina Pagan '18. Ukanwa issued a walk to Carly Vadinsky, and a passed ball sent Alexandria Rigoli to third, but the runners were stranded there, as Ukanwa fanned the next two batters and forced a fly out to left field to seal the win for the Mammoths.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Pagan was phenomenal in the circle en route to Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Super Regional honors. Pagan allowed just one hit and struck out 11 batters in six innings of work to improve to 22-4 on the season, and did not allow a runner to reach third base.
- Ukanwa picked up her fourth save of the season, and second in as many games, tossing a pair strikeouts in one inning of relief to help clinch the win for Amherst.
- Tuiskula, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Super Regional, was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Salustri and Marovitz each added a hit and RBI in the winning effort.
- Christina Brizek suffered the loss in the circle for Ramapo. She scattered five hits and struck out four batters, and surrendered three earned runs to finish the season with an 8-3 overall record.
- Spellman collected the Roadrunners' lone hit of the game, while five other hitters drew walks.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst has now registered 33 wins on the season which is second most for victories in a single season set by the 2012 squad which totaled 36.
- The Mammoths are 10-6 overall in their four NCAA Championship appearances, and have captured both a Regional and Super Regional title for the first time in program history.
- Post Game Press Conference