Ukanwa, Bloxham Hold Trinity to Three Hits in Saturday Sweep

Ukanwa, Bloxham Hold Trinity to Three Hits in Saturday Sweep

AMHERST, Mass. – A six run first inning in the opening game of Amherst softball's doubleheader against Trinity (Conn.) helped the Mammoths clinch game one by a score of 10-2 before shutting out the Bantams 7-0 in game two at Amherst Softball Field Saturday afternoon. Lorena Ukanwa '19 and Talia Bloxham '22 held Trinity to three hits combined between both competitions. 

With the sweep, Amherst improves to 15-4 on the season and have won seven out of their last games. The Mammoths will host Smith on Monday, April 8th, at 3:30 PM in their next competition. Trinity falls to 10-7 on the year and will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday, April 10th for a 4:00 PM start.

Game 1: Amherst 10, Trinity 2

Ukanwa came out firing in the top of the first, striking out two of the first three batters faced. In the bottom of the inning, with two outs, the Mammoths posted an imposing six run lead on six hits to distance themselves early from the Bantams. A single from Sammy Salustri '19 got things started before Audrey Hansen '21 laced a triple to right center field to bring home Salustri for the opening score of the game. Kate Kopatic '20 kept things going with a shot up the middle to plate Hansen. Alyson Plaman '21 and Kyra Naftel '19 also singled to post the final scores of the inning, securing two RBIs apiece.

Amherst was able to snag another point in the next inning when Salustri, who singled to centerfield to start the inning, reached home on a passed ball while Danica Peterson '22 advanced to third. However, Lindsay Pressman was able to get the Bantams out of the inning when she struck out Virginia Ryan '22.

The Mammoths scored their final three runs of the game in the bottom of the third, led by Annie Murphy '19 who pinch hit for Sage Innerarity '22 and singled to center field to bring home Nicole Trezza '21 and Naftel. Salustri grounded out to the second basewomen, allowing Trezza to reach home before a single from Hansen scored Murphy to top off the scoring in game one for the Purple & White.

The Bantams threatened in the top of the fourth when they had runners on first and second with two outs. However, Ukanwa was able to strike out Hannah Zukowski to halt their efforts before Trinity was able to grab runs back in the final inning. In the top of the fifth, a pair of walks and an error was enough to allow two Bantams to reach home with just one out. With a runner on third, the Trinity hit into a double play to stifle their chances in game one.

Ukanwa received her sixth win on the season after holding the Bantams to only one hit while the Mammoths accumulated 11 hits and nine RBIs through 24 at bats. Madeline Spencerorel received her second loss on the season after allowing five hits and six runs on the afternoon.

Game 2: Amherst 7, Trinity 0  

Amherst notched their fifth shutout on the season after posting three runs in the first and sixth inning in game two. Similar to game one, early scoring was a key factor as the Mammoths jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first through the likes of Kopatic and Andrea Sanders '20. Trezza was able to reach home on a wild pitch to initiate the scoring while Kopatic followed up with a single to left center field, plating Salustri. Plaman snagged her 15th hit on the season with a double to left center to place runners on second and third with Sanders coming up to bat. Sanders hit it to the left side and was able to beat the throw from shortstop to secure an RBI and keep the inning alive for the Mammoths.

Amherst scored their fourth point in the bottom of the second when Innerarity touched home off of Kopatic's second hit on the game. The Bantams came close to scoring in the top of the third when Maura Keary led off the inning with a shot down the left field line. Samantha Witmer walked two batters later before Jenna Thomas grounded out to the short stop, advancing Witmer and Schiff to second and third. Talia Bloxham '22 was able to escape the inning unblemished, forcing a ground ball to the circle to maintain the shutout.

Murphy and Naftel both singled in the bottom of the sixth to score two out of the final three runs. Peterson solidified the Mammoth sweep after she came in to pitch the final inning, forcing three consecutive fly outs.

The Bantams finished with two hits through 24 at bats while the Mammoths finished with 14 hits, six RBIs, and seven runs through 34 at bats. Bloxham received her eighth win on the season, moving to 8-1 while Jordan Stephan received the loss after striking out four and allowing 14 hits through six innings.