Pair of 9-1 Wins Propels Amherst Softball to 4-0

Pair of 9-1 Wins Propels Amherst Softball to 4-0

CLERMONT, Fla. – A pair of victories on Day 2 of the 2018 softball, both by a 9-1 score line, has No. 7 Amherst College off to a 4-0 start in Florida.

Amherst needed just five innings to beat Westfield State University, and then got past Geneseo in a regularly scheduled seven innings affair.

The Mammoths will enjoy a day off in Florida on Tuesday before heading back to Hancock Park for a Wednesday afternoon game against Pomona Pitzer (2:00 PM), followed by a primetime matchup against Roger Williams (7:00 PM).

Game 1: Amherst 9, Westfield State 1 (5 innings)

Andrea Sanders '21 and Annie McCluskey '21 were each 3-3 at the plate and Amherst pitching allowed just two hits as Amherst scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to their third win of the year.

Sanders and Sammy Salustri '19 each scored twice, while designated player Alyson Plaman '21 drove in two runs, one on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and another with an infield single to start a three-run fourth.

Lorena Ukanwa '19 struck out three batters in four shutout innings, while Emily Lachtara '21 got her first collegiate action, pitching the final inning in the win.

Game 2: Amherst 9, Geneseo 1

Audrey Hansen '21 and Ally Kido '18 smacked the first two home runs of the season for Amherst, who again scored four runs in the first inning and led 7-1 after two frames.

Catcher Kate Kopatic '20 went 4-4 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Hansen knocked in four runs and Kido had three hits in the game herself.

Kopatic, Kyra Naftel '19 and Annie Murphy '19 had RBI singles in the first inning, and Kopatic singled home Salustri in the second before she and Naftel both scored on a double to right center by Hansen.

Geneseo got their lone run in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by right fielder Claire VanNewkirk, and the teams matched scoreless innings from the third to the sixth.

Hansen and Kido went yard in the top of the seventh, both of them solo shots.

Gina Pagan '18 went all seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out six to improve to 2-0 on the year.