AMHERST, Mass. – Facing off against Tufts University in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at home on Pride Day, the 12th-ranked Amherst College softball team dropped both contests, 2-1 and 12-9.
With the losses, the Mammoths move to 23-5 on the season, while Tufts improves to 22-6 overall. Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, April 25 when they host Wesleyan beginning at 5 p.m.
GAME ONE: Amherst 1, Tufts 2
Scoring what stood as their only runs of the game in the first inning, a two run homer by Raven Fournier with two outs on the board put the Jumbos ahead early, 2-0.
Neither team would make much noise again until the seventh, with Ally Kido '18 and Sammy Salustri '19 recording back-to-back singles to open the final half inning to get Amherst within striking distance.
Drawing a walk to load the bases with one out, a sac fly by Kate Kopatic '20 brought one run across the plate to cut the Mammoths' deficit to 2-1, however a Annie McCluskey '20 line drive shot to left center that looked like the difference maker was snagged by Edie Huling as she dove and made an athletic, full extension catch and rob Amherst of the comeback win.
Kristi Van Meter (10-2) pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and one run while striking out 10 Mammoths in the winning effort in the circle for Tufts. Gina Pagan '18 (9-4) took the loss for Amherst, giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out five in seven innings.
GAME TWO: Amherst 9, Tufts 12
A reversal of game one, the back end of the double header featured 32 total hits, however the result proved the same as multiple rallies by Amherst were not enough to earn the split with the Jumbos.
Kristina Haghdan (8-3) grabbed the win for Tufts, tossing four innings and allowing two runs on six hits, while Raina Galbiati allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3.0 innings in the circle. Charged with the loss, Lorena Ukanwa '19 allowed six runs on eight hits and struck out five Jumbos in 3.2 innings.
First on the board, Amherst capitalized on a Tufts throwing error in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead, however Tufts responded by putting up six runs in their next at bat to set the score at 6-1.
Earning a solid opportunity to cut into the Jumbos lead in their next at bat, Amherst loaded the bases with no outs, but was only able to send one run home before tallying three runs in the fifth to make it 6-5 Tufts.
Tufts answered in sixth with a big inning of their own, putting five more runs on the board to take a six run cushion, 11-5. A three run home by Samantha Siciliano capped off the Jumbos' offensive explosion.
In the sixth, the Mammoths rallied to plate four runs and push the score to 11-9, however Tufts provided an insurance run in the seventh before shutting the door on Amherst to seal the 12-9 victory and the sweep.