Courtesy of Westfield State
WESTFIELD, MA – The Amherst College softball team dropped to 11-9 on the season with a pair of losses to Westfield State College Wednesday afternoon. The Lord Jeffs led early in each contest, but the host Owls came from behind for a 4-3 victory in the first game before holding Amherst hitless during a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
Sophomore Madeline Tomich pitched a no-hitter in the second game to help the Owls improve to 12-4 on the year. Despite Tomich's pitching gem, Westfield had to rally to win the game after Amherst scored two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead.
The Westfield sophomore right hander had a shaky third inning as she walked two batters and hit two others. There were also two stolen bases, two wild pitches and a passed ball in Amherst's two-run third frame. Tomich overcame the wild streak and finished the game with seven strikeouts and five walks.
The Owls, who collected nine hits in the nightcap, tied the score in the home half of the third before pushing across five runs on four hits and two Amherst errors in the decisive sixth inning. First-year Theresa Kelley (Los Angeles, CA) threw all six innings for the Jeffs, striking out five and walking only one. Two of the four runs Kelley allowed were unearned, as she gave up only five hits.
In the first game, Westfield trailed 3-1 after the top of the fifth but scored three runs in the bottom of the inning for its 4-3 triumph. Two of the runs were unearned as Amherst committed two costly errors.
Amherst took a 1-0 third-inning lead on back-to-back two-out doubles by senior tri-captain Emily Neill (Kentfield, CA) and sophomore Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA). Westfield tied the score in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run. The Jeffs scored two unearned runs in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead when first-year Christina Anderson (Port St. Lucie, FL) and classmate Reilly Horan (Darien, CT) delivered RBI-singles.
Amherst out-hit Westfield in the game, 7-5, but stranded 11 base runners. Anderson led the Lord Jeffs' balanced attack, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. No player had more than one hit for the Owls. Anderson took the loss in the second game after allowing six earned runs on nine hits and three walks in the complete-game effort.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Tuesday, Apr. 13, when they continue their nine-game road trip with a twinbill at Clark University.
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