Kelley Silences Bowdoin After Jeffs Rout Framingham State
Contact: Matthew Hart
CLERMONT, Fla. – Theresa Kelley ’13 hurled a one-hit shutout in the nightcap and the Jeff bats pounded 16 hits in the opener as the Amherst College softball team upped its win streak to five games with a 13-4 thrashing of Framingham State and a 3-0 win over Bowdoin at the NTC Games on Thursday.
Before Kelley dominated the NESCAC rival Polar Bears, Amherst (6-2) teed off against the Rams (0-8), using a nine-run third inning to power a mercy rule-shortened five-inning win. Four Jeffs enjoyed three-hit performances with Donna Leet ’15 going 3-for-3 with a trio of runs scored and an RBI and Reilly Horan ’13 (3-4, 3 RBI), Brianna Cook ’16 (3-4, 2 RBI), and Carolyn Miller ’15 (3-4, RBI) carrying the middle of the Jeff order. Arielle Doering ’14 picked up the win with four innings of work before Caroline Sealander ’15 worked a scoreless fifth with a pair of strikeouts.
Despite the lopsided margin, Amherst needed a comeback as the Rams grabbed a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first. The Jeff bats woke up in a big way in the third, however, with Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 starting things with a single before a Leet triple and back-to-back doubles from Horan and Miller put Amherst ahead. Cook’s RBI single and a Sealander sacrifice fly kept the onslaught going before Horan capped the scoring with a two-run single in her second at-bat of the frame. Leading 10-4 in the fifth, the Jeffs forced the mercy-rule decision as singles from Kelsey Ayers ’15 and Leet paved the way for a Miller double and Cook single that put a baker’s dozen on the scoreboard for Amherst.
Little of the offensive firepower carried over to the Jeffs’ afternoon tilt with Bowdoin, but Kelley picked up the slack as she shut down the Polar Bears (8-5) with her finest effort of the spring to date. Surrendering just a single hit, the senior faced one over the minimum number of batters, striking out 10 and walking none as she needed just 79 pitches in the dominant effort.
With Kelley cruising, the Jeff offense grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Ayers raced home on Leet’s sacrifice fly, before an RBI single from Miller tacked on a second run in the third. The final Amherst tally crossed in the fourth after Idalia Friedson ’15 singled, advanced to third on an error off of an Alyssa Sherwill ’15 bunt, then raced home on a nifty double steal.
The Jeffs return to action on Friday with a pair of games against Midwestern opponents on their penultimate day in the Sunshine State. Amherst plays Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 9 a.m. before taking on the University of Dubuque (Iowa) at 11 a.m.