Jeffs Pick up Pair of Wins in Day One of Spring Trip

FORT MYERS, FL – The Amherst College softball team had to work overtime on the first day of its 2010 season, picking up a 17-13 win over New Paltz State in nine innings before defeating The College of Wooster, 6-1. Five of the Lord Jeffs' 21 hits on the day were home runs.

In a game that lasted three hours and 25 minutes, Amherst made up for four defensive miscues by hitting six doubles and four home runs. Sophomore catcher Annemarie Iker (Mill Valley, CA) played the role of hero by belting a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning—her second home run of the day—to lead the Jeffs to victory. 

Iker (2-for-4) joined Jackie Tyler '10 (Ridgewood, NJ), Theresa Kelley '13 (Los Angeles, CA) and Reilly Horan '13 (Darien, CT) as Amherst's players with two hits in the first game, while sophomore Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) went 3-for-5 with six RBIs and four runs scored. Dudzik and senior Emily Neill (Kentfield, CA) provided the team's other two homers. 

Senior tri-captain Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) allowed 13 runs on 14 hits in 8.1 innings, but it was enough to pick up her first win of the season. First-year Christina Anderson (Port St. Lucie, FL) pitched the final two-thirds of the ninth inning, surrendering only one hit and no runs. 

Kelley took the mound in the second game and earned her first collegiate victory by allowing only one run on six hits in a solid complete-game performance. The Lord Jeffs played well behind Kelley, committing only one error in the game. 

Dudzik continued her impressive day by going 2-for-3 against Wooster with a single and a two-run homer, with junior Sam Presnal (Belchertown, MA) also picking up a pair of hits for the Jeffs. Horan added two RBIs, while Kelley, Neill and first-year Megan Kepnach (Piscataway, NJ) each added a hit. 

The Lord Jeffs will take on Wheaton College (MA) and Worcester State Monday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.