Jeffs Finish Strong in Florida with Routs of S. Maine, Oneonta

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CLERMONT, Fla. – Theresa Kelley ’13 tossed her second one-hitter of the week and Reilly Horan ’13 and Donna Leet ’15 each homered as the Amherst College softball team closed out its trip to Florida with a pair of decisive wins on Saturday. With the team pounding 12 hits in the opener, Horan powered a 10-4 win over Southern Maine before Kelley dominated SUNY Oneonta in the nightcap and Leet sparked the offense to an 8-0 triumph in five innings.

The Jeffs fell behind momentarily in the opener as the Huskies (0-4) scored a run in the top of the first, but the Amherst offense made its presence known right away with a seven-run bottom half. A leadoff single and stolen base by Kelsey Ayers ’15 positioned Leet for an RBI groundout, before run-scoring singles from Horan, Idalia Friedson ’15, Alyssa Sherwill ’15 and Sarah McKay ’16 quickly put a crooked number on the board. Leading 7-1, Horan started the second with her first round-tripper of the season, before she and Carolyn Miller ’15 drove in the final Jeff runs in the third to make it 10-1.

Horan finished 3-for-4 with three RBI while Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 chipped in a 2-for-3 effort. Meanwhile, Nicolette Miranda ’16 earned her first collegiate win with a strong outing, tossing 6.2 innings and striking out nine while surrendering just a single run.

Kelley followed up the rookie’s effort with a gem of her own as the senior shut down the Red Dragons (1-2), striking out seven and carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning before yielding a harmless bloop single. Leet (1-2, 4 RBI) and Friedson (2-2, 3 RBI) carried the offensive load as the sophomore outfielders combined to drive in seven of eight runs in the mercy-shortened decision.

With the contest scoreless through two, Friedson drove in Brianna Cook ’16 with a double in the third before Leet brought her home with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Amherst lead. An inning later, the Jeffs broke it wide open as Miller (2-3) led off with a double then came home when Sherwill’s hard shot to third was misplayed. Friedson brought in two with a single before Leet put the nail in the coffin, blasting a three-run bomb to right for her second long ball in as many days.

Totaling 21 hits while playing errorless defense on the day, Amherst closed out its trip with a 9-3 mark. The Jeffs return to action in the Bay State on Wednesday, March 27, with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at WPI.