Nine Run First Inning Leads Mammoths Past Smith, 12-4

Nine Run First Inning Leads Mammoths Past Smith, 12-4

AMHERST, Mass. – Kate Kopatic '20 led Amherst softball with two RBIs in the first inning as the Mammoths scored nine runs to help lift them over Smith College in a non-conference match up at Amherst Softball Field on Monday evening.

With the first game of the doubleheader cancelled due to rain, Amherst and Smith only played game two which resulted in the Mammoths securing their 16th win on the season with a 12-4 scoreline through five innings. The Mammoths will take on Hamilton in a three-game series this weekend beginning with a 5:00 PM start on Friday, April 12th. The Pioneers fall to 6-17 on the year and will bounce back into action on Friday as well when they host Emerson College in a doubleheader.

After a quick three outs in the top of the first, the Mammoths opened up their scoring with Audrey Hansen '21 whose bunt single was enough to bring home Nicole Trezza '21 for the first mark on the day. With Sammy Salustri '19 on third, Kate Kopatic '20 flied out deep into centerfield for Salustri to make it home, placing the home side up 2-0. Hansen stole second and reached third on a wild pitch before Annie Murphy '19 brought her home with a single to right field.

In the next few at bats, a pair of errors from the Pioneers cost them a couple more runs before the Mammoths batted around and allowed Trezza to bring Sage Innerarity '22 home on a bunt single. Salustri and Kopatic rounded out the scoring with two singles to bring in three more runs, placing Amherst on top 9-0 heading into the second inning.  

In the top of the second, Lorena Ukanwa struck out the first two batters and forced a fly out to left field to maintain the shut out. The Pioneers grabbed their first hit on the day when Rachael Newhall singled to right field in the top of the third. A two error play in the bottom of the third allowed the Mammoths to snag another run before Smith threatened in the fourth with bases loaded and one out. However, Ukanwa came up clutch, escaping the inning after striking out Alyssa Pioggia and Megan McGrath.

The Pioneer breakthrough came in the fifth when they scored four runs on four hits. Eryn Lee singled up the middle to notch two RBIs, getting things started for the visitors. Two batters later, Tyler Feeney plated Lee on a single to left center before McGrath stepped up and capped off the scoring by reaching first on a fielder's choice, bringing home Jocelyn Esquer.

Up 11-4, the Mammoths were able to end the game in the fifth after Falasco knocked home Trezza to solidify the win. Amherst finished with eight hits through 27 at bats while the Pioneers finished with seven hits. Ukanwa secured her seventh win on the season allowing only three hits and no runs while Flohr breaks even with a 4-4 record after giving up six runs.