Amherst Softball Sweeps Roller Coaster DH with Bantams

Amherst Softball Sweeps Roller Coaster DH with Bantams

HARTFORD, Conn.- In their first games since Spring Break, Amherst College swept both ends of a double-header against Trinity College. Amherst held off the Bantams 9-6 in the opening game, and then got a dramatic 2-0 win in the second game thanks to a two-run single in the top of the seventh by Kate Kopatic '20.

Amherst improves to 11-1 on the year and has now won five games in a row. Next up for the Mammoths is a road doubleheader at WPI on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 3:30 PM.

Game 1: Amherst 9, Trinity 6

The Amherst bats picked up right where they left off from Florida, nabbing a 9-6 win over Trinity in the first leg of a Saturday double header. A late inning push by Trinity gave Amherst a scare but the Mammoths held on to grab their 10th win of the season.

Ally Kido '18 had two hits and three RBIs. Audrey Hansen '21 scored three times and had two RBIs of her own, and Kyra Naftel '19 had three hits and also scored twice.

Gina Pagan '18 pitched a complete game and struck out nine Bantams in the first game of the day, improving to 5-1 on the season.

Heading into the top of the second the Mammoths and Bantams were tied at 1. With the bases loaded, Julia Turner '19 reached first on an error and Hansen scored. In the third, Hansen drilled a two-run double to make it 4-1. Kido would then knock in Hansen on a single to make it 5-1 in favor of Amherst. With the bases loaded again in the fourth, Trinity committed another error allowing Andrea Sanders '20 to score, stretching Amherst's lead to 6-1.

Trinity began their comeback attempt in the bottom of the fourth, putting up three runs to make it 6-4 Amherst.  

An Annie McCluskey '20 sac fly scored Scout Boynton '20 and made it 7-4 Mammoths. Kido's final hit of the day was a two RBI double to make the score 9-4 after six innings. Trinity put up a run in the six and another in the seventh, but couldn't find any more life offensively, and the game would end 9-6.


Game 2: Amherst 2, Trinity 0

Amherst would score the only two runs of the game in the top half of the seventh to take the second game of the day 2-0. A two-run single by Kopatic scored McCluskey and Turner.

Kopatic went 2-4 in the game and 4-8 on Saturday.

Turner and McCluskey both walked to get on base before advancing to second and third on a ground out to second base by Sanders.

Amherst had eight hits in the game but struggled to get runners across home plate. Nine Mammoths were stranded on base in Game 2, and 13 in Game 1.

Lorena Ukanwa (6-0) pitched a complete game, only allowed five hits, and struck out 11 Bantams.

Trinity pitcher Lindsey Pressman (1-1) pitched a complete game and allowed 2 runs on eight hits by the Mammoths.