No. 12 Amherst Splits Doubleheader with Engineers

No. 12 Amherst Splits Doubleheader with Engineers

WORCESTER, Mass. – Amherst College salvaged a split of their non-conference doubleheader against WPI with an 11-3 victory after the Engineers dealt the No. 12 Mammoths just their second loss of the year on Wednesday afternoon at Rooftop Field. 

Amherst is now 12-2 on the year ahead of their home and NESCAC opener on Friday against Wesleyan (5:00 PM). WPI drops to 11-5 on the season. 

Game 2: Amherst 11, WPI 3 (5 innings) 

RonnieMarie Falasco '21 went 2-3 with five RBI and Amherst scored three runs in the first and then exploded for seven more in the second. Falasco had two-run doubles in each of the first two innings, and added a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth. 

Junior Lorena Ukanwa did not allow an earned run and struck out seven in the first four innings while improving to 7-0 on the year. 

Audrey Hansen '21 crossed home plate three times, while Andrea Sanders '20 and Kate Kopatic '20 each walked and touched home twice. 

WPI got on the board in the third with a sacrifice fly by LeClaire. The Engineers looked to keep the game going by scoring a pair in the bottom of the fifth without the benefit of a hit thanks to bases-loaded free passes issued to May and freshman pinch hitter Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, RI). 

Seniors Nina Murphy-Cook, RiAnna May and Katie Chagami accounted for the Engineers three hits. Freshman Kaitlyn Hess did not allow a hit or earned run and struck out four in three innings of relief. 


Game 1: WPI 7, Amherst 3 

Junior Caraline Wood was responsible for the first four Engineer RBI, including a three-run homer to center to put the Engineers up 3-0 in the first.

Sanders scored two runs and Kopatic drove in a pair, including her second home run of the year. Kopatic now leads the team with ten runs batted in.

Wood put the ball in play again to chase home Murphy-Cook in the third, and then a bases-clearing double by freshman Marissa Gonzales broke open the game for the home team in the fourth. 

The Mammoths finally broke through with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kopatic in the top of the fifth. 

With a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth, Engineer senior Kelsey Saucier induced a liner to third and a grounder to second to preserve the 7-1 advantage. 

Sanders legged out a leadoff triple before coming home on an RBI ground out by junior Sammi Salustri in the top of the seventh. Kopatic immediately followed with a solo blast to center to cut the margin to four (7-3). 

Saucier (4-1) struck out a pair in the win while freshman Nicole Kuberka completed the game for WPI. 

Amherst senior Gina Pagan fanned four in the complete-game effort. 

Sanders (double, triple, 2 runs), senior Ally Kido and Turner (triple) all had a pair of hits for the guests.