CLERMONT, Fla. – The No. 7 Amherst College softball team opened their 2018 season with a pair of wins as they competed at the Russ Matt Central Florida Classic at Legends Way Park.
Amherst topped Millikin University 6-3 in their first game of the day, and then got past Suffolk University 5-3 to open the year 2-0.
Back at Legends Way tomorrow morning, Amherst will face Westfield State at 9:00 AM and Geneseo at 11:30 AM.
Game 2: Amherst 5, Suffolk 3
The Rams opened up a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third inning, but Amherst tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and then plated the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double by Andrea Sanders '21.
It was the second double of the game for Sanders, who had 3 RBIs on the day and got the rally started in the fifth by knocking home Nicole Trezza and advancing Julia Turner to third with a two-bagger.
Lorena Ukanwa '19 got the win for Amherst, tossing six innings and allowing just five hits while striking out four batters.
Gina Pagan '18 figured in the decision for the second straight game, earning the save with a scoreless seventh inning.
Game 1: Amherst 6, Millikin 3
Pagan tossed a complete game four-hitter with five strikeouts, and Amherst opened up a 5-0 lead before Millikin got on the board.
Naftel, Sanders and Alyson Plaman '21 each had two hits, and Plaman drove in a pair of runs, one with an RBI bases loaded walk in the top of the third and one with a double to right center that scored Sanders in the fifth, making the lead 6-1 in favor of Amherst.
Sanders scored twice, the first on a groundout by Ally Kido '18 to open the scoring in the second. Amherst tacked on another run with an Audrey Hansen '21 sacrifice fly, then loaded the bases in the third and put three runs on the board with a walk, a Millikin fielding error and a hit by pitch.
The Big Blue loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and Hannah Watts delivered a two-run single to right field, but Pagan struck out the next two batters looking to secure the victory.