Jeffs Drop Doubleheader, Series at Middlebury
Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 kept her batting average over .500 with a pair of multi-hit games but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Amherst College softball team dropped both ends of its NESCAC West doubleheader at Middlebury on Saturday. The Jeffs won the series opener on Friday but fell to 1-2 in the division and 12-5 overall with the pair of setbacks.
Middlebury (7-6, 2-1) scored 21 runs on 23 hits, taking game one 10-4, before earning an 11-3 six-inning win in game two. Jessa Hoffman finished the three game series going 8-10 with three doubles, five runs scored and five RBI and is now hitting .545 on the season.
Middlebury struck for three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning of game one. Jessa Hoffman plated Kimber Sable with an RBI single to left, while Carlyn Vachow drove home a pair with a two-run triple to right.
The teams exchanged single runs in the fourth, before Amherst took a 4-3 lead with a three-run fifth. The big blow came from Reilly Horan ’13, who tripled home a pair of runs with a blast to right field.
Middlebury battled back with a huge sixth inning, plating six runs on four hits. Sable drove in pinch-runner Christina Bicks with a single up the middle to tie the game at 4-4. Later in the inning, Jessica Poracky belted a double to center, driving in three runs to put the Panthers up, 9-4. Vachow later singled in pinch-runner Kelsey Martel to make it a 10-4 final.
Alexa Lesenskyj had a solid start for the Panthers, going 4.2 innings and allowing three runs on three hits. Elizabeth Morris picked up the win with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief. Sable went 3-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Vachow finished the game 2-4 with a triple and three runs driven in.
Arielle Doering ’14 suffered the loss, allowing eight runs, four earned, over 5.1 innings of work. Horan finished the game 2-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI to pace the Jeffs.
A two-run line-drive homer to right by Donna Leet ’15 got Amherst off to a great start in the top of the first inning of game two. Middlebury answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs on four hits, including an RBI single from Hoffman and a run-scoring double by Poracky.
Middlebury had a great chance to open the game up in the third inning, but could only score one despite having the bases loaded with nobody out. Theresa Kelley ’13 got out of the jam, but was replaced in the fourth by Nicolette Miranda ’16.
The Panthers jumped on Miranda in the fourth, scoring five runs on four hits with a pair of Amherst errors. Hoffman drove in Sable with a single, while Poracky plated Hoffman with a double to right center. Sarah Boylan later tripled to center and scored on a throwing error, driving in Vachow for a 9-2 lead.
A triple from Kelsey Ayers ’15 led off the fifth for Amherst, as Silkowitz followed with a run-scoring single up the middle. Later in the inning with runners on first and second with one out, Carolyn Miller ’14 belted a ball into the gap and left center. Middlebury centerfielder Alex Scibetta tracked down the shot and made a great diving catch to prevent a big inning for the Jeffs.
Middlebury ended the game on the eight-run rule in the sixth inning, making it an 11-3 final. Vachow scored pinch-runner Bicks with a SAC fly to center, before Boylan ended the game with a single to left, scoring Emily Kraytenberg.
Neve Stearns earned her first career win for Middlebury, allowing three runs and eight hits over five innings of work. Kelley suffered her first loss of the season for Amherst, giving up five runs on eight hits over three innings of work.
Poracky went 4-4 in the game with three doubles and two RBI, while Hoffman was 3-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI. Boylan finished 2-4 with a triple and three runs driven in, while Kraytenberg and Jackie Stern each had a pair of hits.
Leet went 2-3 with the homer and two RBI for Amherst, while Silkowitz had a 2-3 game.