CLERMONT, Fla. – Despite suffering their first loss of the year, Amherst College improved to 7-1 with a split on Day 4 of their play at the PFX Spring Games on Thursday morning.
The No. 7 Mammoths beat FDU Florham 7-2 in the second game of the day after they were edged 1-0 by UMass Dartmouth, their first defeat of the young season.
After another day off, Amherst's final games on their southern road trip will be Saturday, a 9:00 AM contest against Lake Forest and an 11:30 AM affair with Plymouth State.
Game 2: Amherst 7, FDU Florham 2
Audrey Hansen '19 continued her strong start to the season with two hits and two RBIs, as the Mammoths rapped out 12 hits, finally breaking away from the Devils (5-7) with three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.
Hansen had RBI singles in the fourth, to put the Mammoths on the board, and the seventh, and Amherst added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Kate Kopatic '20.
The Devils put a pair of runs on the board in the sixth, sparked by a double to left center by Taylor Torre, but Hansen delivered a bases-loaded single to plate Annie Murphy '19, and McCluskey singled her home in the seventh to close the scoring.
Lorena Ukanwa '19 was the winner in the circle for Amherst, striking out six and allowing just four hits in five innings.
Gina Pagan '18 tossed two shutout innings in relief.
Game 1 : UMass Dartmouth 1, Amherst 0
Pagan was the hard-luck loser in a pitcher's deul with Hannah Smith, as the senior hurler struck out nine batters in seven innings, but was outdone by the Corsairs' starter. Smith tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven but held the Mammoths scoreless.
The lone run came on a Kylie Fletcher double to center field in the top of the fourth inning. Three of UMass Dartmouth's six hits came in that inning.
Alyson Plaman '21 had two hits and Naftel stole a base for Amherst, who had no extra-base hits in the game.