SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After a 4-3 eighth inning loss in game one, the Amherst College softball team posted a 2-0 win over Springfield College in game two of their non-conference doubleheader before the sun set on Potter Field Wednesday evening.
After the split, the Mammoths move to 13-4 on the season and will return home to host Trinity College (Conn.) in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6th, at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Springfield settles at 9-9 on the year and will take on Coast Guard on Friday, April 5th.
Game 2: Amherst 2, Springfield 0
Amherst clinched the split, posting two runs through five complete innings. In the opening three innings the Mammoths were held from reaching first as they grounded out four times and flied out twice. The Pride threatened in the bottom of the first as a single, an error, and a walk placed Shelby Allen at the plate with bases loaded and two outs. The Purple & White were able to walk away unscathed after Allen grounded out to the third basemen.
The Mammoth rally came in the top of the fourth after a pair of singles from Nicole Trezza '21 and Sage Innerarity '22 led to a nifty delayed steal which put the duo in scoring position with no outs. Audrey Hansen '21 stepped up and hit a well-struck shot to left field that tipped off the Pride's glove, scoring Trezza and placing Innerarity on third. Sammy Salustri '19 reached first on a fielder's in the next at bat as Innerarity was tagged at third base. However, the Purple & White saw their run come to an end when Kate Kopatic '20 grounded into a double play.
Kyra Naftel '19 concluded the scoring for the Mammoths on the night, singling up the middle to score Julia Turner '19 which gave the Mammoths a 2-0 lead. After five innings, the game was called, as Lorena Ukanwa '19 struck out the opening two batters in the bottom of the fifth and forced a pop up to conclude the game.
Amherst finished with four hits and one RBI through 19 at bats while Ukanwa improved to 5-3 with the win. The Pride only nabbed two hits as Allen dropped to 3-4 overall with the loss.
Game 1: Amherst 3, Springfield 4
Andrea Sanders '20 got things going for the Mammoths in the top of the second, slapping a shot through the left side to plate Ronnie Falasco '21 before Sanders stole second to get into scoring position. With a runner on second, Alyson Plaman '20 laced a shot through the right side to bring up Naftel with runners on first and third. Naftel's sacrifice bunt was enough to bring home Sanders for the second score of the game, however, the pride were able to escape the inning with a double play.
Springfield was able to bring one back in the bottom of the second when a double to right center from Gabrielle Alfieri incited a two-out rally. Gillian Kane singled to third base before a shot through the ride side from Marisa Valenti brought Alfieri home, making it 2-1. Talia Bloxham '22 ended the inning with a strike out against Meghan Sastram to preserve the Mammoth lead.
Amherst grounded out in their opening two batters in the top of the third, highlighted by Sastram who received the ball on the right side and dove to tag first, making the out. Salustri singled to left field, advancing Hansen to second after she walked in her at bat. However, the Pride defense thwarted the Mammoths as short stop Alexyss Conley ended the inning on a ground ball from Kopatic.
The Pride took the lead for the first time in the game when they scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the third. Yaixsa Vargas led things off with a single up the middle that plated Conley before a Mammoth error scored Christina D'Ambro, placing Springfiled up 3-2.
After a scoreless fourth, Amherst tied things back up with Kopatic doubling down the right field line to bring Salustri around from first. Lorena Ukanwa '19 came in to pitch in the bottom of the fifth, striking out four in the next two innings. With all things tied up in the bottom of the seventh, the Mammoths were able to force extra innings when Turner made a diving catch in foul territory for the final out.
However, the Pride were able to sneak away with the 4-3 win through Alfieri's single to second base in the bottom of the eighth. The Mammoths finished with five hits and two RBIs through 27 at bats. Ukanwa received the loss while Kane pitched all eight innings and improved to 4-2.