Jeffs Drop Pair of NESCAC West Games at Wesleyan

From a Wesleyan University release

MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Amherst College softball team dropped a pair of games at NESCAC-West and Little Three archrival this afternoon to fall to 16-14 (4-4 NESCAC-West) on the year. The Lord Jeffs will look to get back on track tomorrow afternoon in a makeup game at conference foe Hamilton College.

Wesleyan 's Alexis Kral highlighted a 13-hit Wesleyan attack in the first game of the double-header with a pair of home runs during her 3-for-3 performance, while Meaghan Dendy went 3-for-4 in the nightcap and sophomore Sam Epstein was 2-for-2 with a homerun.  
Amherst struck first in both games today, going ahead 2-0 in the first inning of the opener and 1-0 in the nightcap.  Wesleyan quickly responded in both, pulling ahead 6-2 in the bottom of the third inning of game one, and 7-2 in the bottom of the third of game two.  Amherst got just two hits over the final four innings of the second game off Wesleyan starter sophomore Dana Levy, who tossed a nearly complete-game five-hitter.  

Five different Amherst players got hits in the second game.  A wild streak by Levy in the first inning resulted in a run as she walked four batters in the inning.  She was relieved for the final out by Dendy but returned to pitch the rest of the game. In the opener, Wesleyan starter Caitlyn Grudzinski gave up 10 hits as Amherst was paced by freshman Reilly Horan (Darien, CT), who went 4-for-4 with an RBI.  She was unfortunately injured on defense early in the second game after smacking a double in her only at bat for an RBI, making her 5-for-5 on the day.

Wesleyan took the lead for good in game one when Talia Bernstein hit a bases-loaded single for two RBI to break a 2-2 tie in the second inning.  Wesleyan added four in the third, capped by the first of Kral's dingers, a two-run shot to left center.  Amherst managed single runs in the fifth and sixth to get as close as 6-4 before Wesleyan wrapped it up with a three-run outburst in its half of the sixth.  Kral's second home run started the rally.

A five-run Wesleyan outpouring in the third broke a 2-2 deadlock in the second game.  Three of the runs were unearned due to a pair of Amherst miscues.  Kral added another RBI with a hard ground single to third that caused the injury to Horan.  The last Wesleyan run came in the 6th when sophomore Chrissy Bello extended her hitting streak to 18 games with a double to right center for an RBI.  

Following tomorrow's game at Hamilton, Amherst's schedule has just three game remaining before the regular season comes to a close. All three of those games will be played nest weekend against NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College. For the Lord Jeffs to have a shot at making the 2010 NESCAC Softball Championship, they will likely have to win all of their remaining games.