NORTHAMPTON, MA – Theresa Kelley '13 (Los Angeles, CA) threw a one-hitter and went 5-for-7 with seven RBIs to lead the Amherst College softball team to a pair of convincing five-inning wins over Smith College Wednesday afternoon.
The Lord Jeffs had 13 hits in each game, earning a 13-0 victory over the Pioneers in the first game before using an eight-run first inning to win the nightcap, 14-2. Amherst improves to 13-11, while Smith drops to 2-21 with its 20th consecutive loss.
All that stood between Kelley and a perfect game in the opener was a single in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the Amherst first-year retired the first 10 batters she faced. Kelley (4-5) struck out five and did not walk a single batter.
The Jeffs provided Kelley with plenty of run support, scoring five runs in each of the third and fifth innings. A two-RBI single from Kelley and an RBI-single from sophomore Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) highlighted the five-run third, while a two-RBI double by sophomore Joni Hirsch (Williamstown, MA) came in the five-run fifth.
Christina Anderson '13 (Port St. Lucie, FL) earned the win in the second game by allowing only two runs on four hits and one walk. Anderson (3-1) struck out three Pioneers and was working with an 8-0 lead when she took the mound in the bottom of the first inning.
Dudzik helped the Jeffs jump out to their commanding lead in the nightcap by hitting two doubles that brought in a combined three runs in the opening frame, with Kelley adding a two-RBI single and Stephanie Clegg '12 (Woburn, MA) driving in a run with a single of her own. It quickly became a 13-0 game when Amherst added five runs in the second, as Kelley continued her standout day by belting a two-RBI triple.
Kelley scored four runs to go along with her seven RBIs and five hits, while Dudzik (4-for-6) scored four runs and drove in five others on the day. Senior tri-captain Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) was a combined 4-for-7 and crossed the plate five times.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Apr. 16, when they kick off a pivotal three-game NESCAC West series with Hamilton College. Game one in the series is set to begin at 5 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.
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