No. 15 Amherst Bounces Back Against No. 13 Williams in Senior Day Sweep

No. 15 Amherst Bounces Back Against No. 13 Williams in Senior Day Sweep

AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College softball team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday afternoon in a rivalry matchup with Williams College, and the Mammoths bounced back from a first-game defeat to sweep the last two parts of the weekend series. 

Before honoring seniors Ally Kido, Jackie Carr and Gina Pagan, the Mammoths and Ephs finished yesterday's game that was suspended due to darkness with the teams tied at four heading to the tenth inning. After the Mammoths went scoreless, it took Williams only two pitches to end the game with a final score of 5-4. 

Amherst was able to quickly rebound in their originally-scheduled doubleheader, defeating the Ephs 7-1 and 7-4 to improve to 21-3 on the year and 7-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).


Game 1: Amherst 7, Williams 1 

Amherst opened the scoring in the fourth inning with four runs. Williams had their lone run in the top of the fifth, but Amherst answered with three more in the bottom of the inning. 

Lorena Ukanawa '18 pitched a complete game for Amherst, striking out eight batters and allowing only three hits. She has an undefeated pitching record on the season, this game being her twelfth win. 

The four runs in the fourth inning came from singles by Audrey Hansen '21 and Julia Turner '19 and a double by Annie McCluskey '20. Williams pushed back in the fifth inning with a home run, but Hansen countered with a home run of her own—bringing in three more runs.


Game 2: Amherst 7, Williams 4 

Amherst scored all seven runs on home runs, and Ronnie Falasco '21 hit a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to send Amherst to their second win of the day.

Annie Murphy '19 opened with 2 RBI in the second inning, Hansen had her second home run of the day (2 RBI) in the third inning. 

Pitchers Pagan and Ukanawa '19 split the game. Pagan (9-2) earned the win with Ukanawa entering the game as a relief pitcher in the sixth inning. 

Amherst will take on Keene State in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch in New Hampshire is set for 3:30 pm.