AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College Softball team had a surprise home stand this week when games versus Keene State College were moved to Amherst due to field conditions. The Mammoths took advantage of the opportunity and downed the Owls 9-2 and then 10-4 in the non-conference doubleheader.
Kate Kopatic '20 hit a three-run home run in game one, and Ally Kido '18 did the same in game two as the No. 12 Mammoths improved to 23-3 on the year. Keene State falls to 6-16 with the pair of defeats.
GAME 1: Amherst 9, Keene State 2
Gina Pagan '18 (9-3) appeared in the circle for Amherst. She struck out four, allowed four hits, and one home run in her five innings pitched. Emily Lachtara '21 finished off the win for Amherst, allowing no hits or runs in two innings of work.
Keene State struck first in the game. The Owls scored one run in the first inning and a solo homerun in the top half of the third by Shae Crosby would make it 2-0 Keene State.
Amherst would put up three runs in the third on an RBI double by Kopatic and a two-run double down the left field line by Audrey Hansen '21.
They tacked on four more in the fourth inning, keyed by Kido's three-run blast. Sammi Salustri '19 and Ronnie Falasco '21 tacked on RBI singles, and Hansen brought home another run with her second double of the game in the fifth inning.
Hansen went 3-4 with three RBIs and two doubles in the first game. Kido went 2-4 with three RBIs and a homerun in fourth inning. Andrea Sanders '20 went 1-2 with two walks, a triple and she also scored three times.
GAME 2 Amherst 10, Keene State 4 (6 innings- darkness)
Amherst struck first in this game with a three run homer by Kopatic in the bottom of the first inning. Kopatic finished 3-4 in the game with four RBIs. Kido went 3-4 as well with two more RBIs and a run scored. Alyson Plaman '21 went 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Lorena Ukanwa (14-0) started the second game for the Mammoths. She allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out eleven in five complete innings. Lachtara would finish the game again for the Mammoths before it was called for darkness.
Shae Crosby hit another homerun in game two that made it 5-1 Mammoths. Amherst tacked on five runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 10-2 heading into the sixth. With two outs left in the fifth, the game was ultimately called off because of darkness.
Amherst is at home again this weekend for a doubleheader against NESCAC foe Tufts University. First pitch on Saturday is at 12:00 PM.