KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Amherst softball team set the tone on day two as they scored early in both games on Tuesday evening to take down Lake Forest 9-3 before shutting out Suffolk University in five innings, 8-0, at Osceola Park.
The Mammoths remain undefeated with a record of 4-0 and will set their sights on Husson and Illinois Wesleyan tomorrow at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
Amherst vs. Lake Forest
Through the first five innings in their first match against Lake Forest, it was all Amherst as a double to center field from Andrea Sanders '20 in the first scored Kate Kopatic '20. The Mammoths truly distanced themselves with a four run second inning led by Ronnie Falasco '21 who tripled to right field scoring Audrey Hansen '21 and Kopatic.
The Mammoths went on to score four more times before Lake Forest had a chance to answer in the bottom of the fifth. Alyssa Grimm reached first on an error while Maddie Trost crossed home plate to give the Foresters their first run on the game. Next up was Sydney Watt who singled to the pitcher, shifting players around the bases to bring home Diamond Owens.
After another wild pitch score from Lake Forest, Amherst was able to halt the remaining efforts to walk away with their third victory on the season. Lorena Ukanwa '19 notched the win for the Purple & White, going five innings allowing only three hits and eight strikeouts while Danica Peterson '22 closed out the final inning.
Lake Forest's pitchers struggled against the Mammoth offense. Kyra Lenzi receives the loss on the day, falling to 1-2 overall when she gave up six hits and five runs through two innings. Shaye Gauthier and Meghan Joyce both came in for a couple innings a piece, allowing only five hits and four runs combined.
Amherst finished the game with 11 hits and nine RBI's through 33 at-bats before heading into their second game against Suffolk.
Amherst vs. Suffolk
The story went the same way for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe as the Mammoths went up three runs in the first two innings by the likes of Falasco, Scout Boynton '20, and Julia Turner '19. Falasco also joined in on the action when she secured her fourth RBI on the day with yet another triple to center field, bringing around Emma Cape '22. Falasco was eventually knocked home after Hansen flied out to center.
To cap off the scoring frenzy, Virginia Ryan '22 and Boynton singled in the fifth to score the Mammoths sixth and seventh run before Turner repaid the favor with a sacrifice bunt that scored Ryan to end the game.
First-year Talia Bloxham '22 accrued her second collegiate win, going the full distance and only allowing four hits while striking out five Rams. Alexis Bonilla falls to 0-1 on the season after going three innings giving up five hits and three earned runs. The Purple & White totaled at nine hits and seven RBI's through 21 at-bats.