AMHERST, Mass.- It took until the 17th game of the year for the Amherst College softball team to finally be able to play their home opener, but the Mammoths took advantage of the opportunity by defeating Middlebury College 9-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Amherst, ranked No. 17 in the country, improves to 15-2 this season and 3-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. Middlebury is 6-5 and falls to 0-1 in NESCAC play.
The teams will complete their weekend series with a doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at 11:00 AM at Amherst Softball Field.
Lorena Ukanwa '19 picked up another win, improving to 9-0 this season for the Mammoths. She pitched five and two thirds innings and struck out seven batters. Gina Pagan '18 pitched the last inning and a third, striking out two Panthers on the way to victory.
The only runs of the game for Middlebury came on a homerun by Kaylee Gumm in the fourth and another round-tripper by Allison Quigley in the fifth.
Quigley would then walk a runner home with the bases loaded before a two RBI single by Annie McCluskey '20 would push the lead to 5-0 Mammoths after the first inning.
Both teams were quiet until a 2-run homerun by Gumm in the fourth made it 5-2 Amherst. Quigley would cut the lead to one with a 2 run homerun of her own in the top of the fifth.
Amherst would respond in the fifth by putting up another three runs, highlighted by a stand up RBI triple by Alyson Plaman '21. Aly Kido '18 provided an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI double.