WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Amherst College senior Ally Kido hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie, but Williams College scored twice in the bottom of the inning and Friday's game between the two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) softball heavyweights was suspended after nine innings due to darkness.
The game will be resumed at noon tomorrow at Amherst softball field before the teams play their regularly scheduled doubleheader and the Mammoths celebrate Senior Day.
Williams senior Lexi Curt hit a two-out, two-strike single into left field in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday as No. 13 Williams rallied to tie No. 15 Amherst and keep the game running.
Amherst led 2-0 after five innings and 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Eph junior Mackenzie Murphy stroked a one-out solo home run to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The Mammoths re-took the lead in the top of the eighth. With one out and Audrey Hansen '21 on first, Kido hit a laser to straightaway center field for a two-run home run and a 4-2 lead. It was the first home run hit off Eph starter Rebecca Duncan this season.
Down to their final at-bat for the second time, the Ephs rallied off Amherst senior Gina Pagan '18. With one out, Brenna Martinez beat out a slow roller to short for an infield hit. Riley Salvo then lined a single to center field. Cris McElhinney hit a grounder to short that resulted in Martinez being forced out at third for the second out. Jessica Kim followed with a grounder to short that led to an error which loaded the bases. Curt fouled off a couple of Pagan offerings before grounding a 2-2 pitch into left that scored Salvo and McElhinney to tie the game. Pagan then got a strikeout to end the inning.
Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on junior Julia Turner's line drive RBI-single to center. They upped that to 2-0 with a run in the top of the sixth when, with two outs, Kido singled up the middle and scored when Allyson Plaman '21 lined a shot into left-center field that rolled to the fence for a double. Kido raced home and was called safe on a bang-bang play at the plate.
Williams got one run back in its half of the sixth when Amherst starter Lorena Ukanwa hit Duncan with a pitch and Margo Beck lined a single to center. Kirstin Mapes then grounded a single back up the middle that scored Duncan and put runners on first and second. At that point, Pagan replaced starter Lorena Ukanwa '19 in the circle. After a strikeout and a forceout at third, a walk to McElhinney loaded the bases for Kim, but Pagan induced the Ephs' lead-off batter to hit into a force play at third to end the threat.