Softball swept by Amherst in NESCAC West doubleheader
Theresa Kelly '13 tossed six shutout innings in Game 2 and Amherst College swept Hamilton College in a NESCAC West Division doubleheader at Hamilton's Ferguson Fields on April 14.
Amherst (27-1 overall, 6-0 NESCAC West) completed the series sweep with a 5-2 win in the first game and an 8-2 victory in the nightcap. The Lord Jeffs topped the Continentals 6-3 on Friday afternoon. Amherst has won five straight games.
In Game 1, starting pitcher Arielle Doering '14 scattered two hits and one earned run over 6.1 innings of work for Amherst. Caroline Sealander '15 recorded the final two outs to earn her first save.
Donna Leet '15 finished with two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Kaitlin Silkowitz '14 singled and doubled, and Reilly Horan '13 singled and drove in a run. Kelsey Ayers '15 singled and scored three runs and Carolyn Miller '14 had the other hit for the Lord Jeffs.
Ashley Perritt '14 and Kelly Leonard '15 had the two hits for Hamilton. Katie Puccio '15 walked and scored a run and Sam Miller '14 scored the other. Leonard pitched all seven innings and suffered the loss. Only two of the five runs Leonard allowed were earned. She did not issue a walk and struck out nine batters.
Amherst took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Ayers singled with two outs, stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Silkowitz. Leet followed with a double to score Ayers and Silkowitz.
The Lord Jeffs tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning when Ayers reached on an error to lead off and later scored on a single by Horan. Amherst added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-0 lead.
Hamilton (6-19, 0-9) responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Puccio drew a leadoff walk, Miller reached on an error and Leonard singled to load the bases. Chelsea Merritt '14 was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and a wild pitch allowed Miller to score from third. After a walk to Cara Vennari '12, Sealander came on in relief and retired the final two batters to seal the victory.
In Game 2, Kelley did not issue a walk and struck out four batters for Amherst. Sealander came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning and allowed two hits and two unearned runs.
Carly Dudzik '12 paced the offense with a double, triple, two runs and three RBI. Kelley smacked two doubles and drove in a run, and Ayers tripled and drove in two runs. Karina Kossler '15 collected three hits to go along with a run and an RBI.
Perritt singled twice and drove in a run to lead Hamilton's offense. Puccio cracked her sixth double and drove in a run. Jenn Rougeux '14, Ellie Kiernan '15, Summer Bottini '14 and Miller added one single apiece. Bottini started in the circle, pitched six innings and suffered the loss. She scattered seven hits and allowed two earned runs. Perritt came on in relief in the top of the seventh inning.
With one out in the top of the second inning, Dudzik reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third and scored on Kossler's single to put Amherst ahead 1-0.
The Lord Jeffs broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the seventh inning. Dudzik smacked a leadoff triple and Kossler singled to put runners on the corners. Ayers followed with a triple to score both runners. Leet reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Ayers to score, Miller singled and Kelley doubled to bring home Leet. One batter later, Dudzik capped the inning with a three-run double.
Hamilton scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the final margin. Melissa Kaknis '13 walked, Julie Dursema '15 reached on an error and Miller singled. Puccio followed with a double that plated Dursema, and Perritt closed the scoring with a groundout that brought home Miller. The Continentals have lost eight straight games.
Hamilton hosts St. Lawrence University for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m.