Jeffs Earn Pair of Crucial Conference Wins Over Hamilton

TROY, NY – The Amherst College softball team picked up a pair of crucial wins against Hamilton College Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Lord Jeffs earned victories of 5-1 and 4-2 to improve to 15-11 (3-2 NESCAC West), while the Continentals fell to 4-18 (0-8 NESCAC West). 

First-year Reilly Horan (Darien, CT) went 5-for-8 on the day and recorded the game-winning RBI in the nightcap with a single in the top of the eighth inning. After scoring two runs and going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the series opener, Horan was 2-for-4 in the second game.  

Alex Chang-Graham '10 (San Carlos, CA) earned the complete-game win in the first game, allowing an earned run on six hits with six strikeouts in seven strong innings. The senior tri-captain improved to 7-5 with her 10th complete game of the season. 

Recording the win in the second game was first-year Theresa Kelley (Los Angeles, CA), who allowed two runs on only four hits to move her record to an even 5-5 on the year. 

In addition to Horan's 3-for-4 performance, sophomore Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) went 2-for-4 with an RBI in game one. Megan Kepnach '13 (Piscataway, NJ) and Emily Neill '10 (Kentfield, CA) each had a hit and an RBI while splitting time at second base, while sophomore shortstop Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a run driven in. 

Senior tri-captain Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) led off the first game with a single, then stole second base and eventually scored on a single by Dudzik. Tyler gave Amherst an early 1-0 lead, marking the 100th time she has crossed home plate as a Lord Jeff. Tyler is among the program's all-time leaders in runs scored and stolen bases. 

In the second game, Amherst scored its four runs on 10 hits. Tyler went 2-for-4 and scored another run, Dudzik was 1-for-3, and Jillian Masi '11 (Stamford, CT) added two hits. Neill provided the Jeffs with a boost when she led off the top of the eighth with a double, coming around to score the winning run on a Horan single. Clegg then provided Amherst with some insurance when she brought home Horan with a double. 

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Wednesday, Apr. 21, when they host Trinity College at 4:30 p.m.