WORCESTER, Mass. – Amherst College salvaged a split of their non-conference doubleheader against WPI with an 11-3 victory after the Engineers dealt the No. 12 Mammoths just their second loss of the year on Wednesday afternoon at Rooftop Field.
Amherst is now 12-2 on the year ahead of their home and NESCAC opener on Friday against Wesleyan (5:00 PM). WPI drops to 11-5 on the season.
Game 2: Amherst 11, WPI 3 (5 innings)
RonnieMarie Falasco '21 went 2-3 with five RBI and Amherst scored three runs in the first and then exploded for seven more in the second. Falasco had two-run doubles in each of the first two innings, and added a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth.
Junior Lorena Ukanwa did not allow an earned run and struck out seven in the first four innings while improving to 7-0 on the year.
WPI got on the board in the third with a sacrifice fly by LeClaire. The Engineers looked to keep the game going by scoring a pair in the bottom of the fifth without the benefit of a hit thanks to bases-loaded free passes issued to May and freshman pinch hitter Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, RI).
Seniors Nina Murphy-Cook, RiAnna May and Katie Chagami accounted for the Engineers three hits. Freshman Kaitlyn Hess did not allow a hit or earned run and struck out four in three innings of relief.
Game 1: WPI 7, Amherst 3
Junior Caraline Wood was responsible for the first four Engineer RBI, including a three-run homer to center to put the Engineers up 3-0 in the first.
Sanders scored two runs and Kopatic drove in a pair, including her second home run of the year. Kopatic now leads the team with ten runs batted in.
Wood put the ball in play again to chase home Murphy-Cook in the third, and then a bases-clearing double by freshman Marissa Gonzales broke open the game for the home team in the fourth.
The Mammoths finally broke through with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kopatic in the top of the fifth.
With a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth, Engineer senior Kelsey Saucier induced a liner to third and a grounder to second to preserve the 7-1 advantage.
Sanders legged out a leadoff triple before coming home on an RBI ground out by junior Sammi Salustri in the top of the seventh. Kopatic immediately followed with a solo blast to center to cut the margin to four (7-3).
Saucier (4-1) struck out a pair in the win while freshman Nicole Kuberka completed the game for WPI.
Amherst senior Gina Pagan fanned four in the complete-game effort.
Sanders (double, triple, 2 runs), senior Ally Kido and Turner (triple) all had a pair of hits for the guests.