Horan Named NESCAC Player of the Week

Contact: Matthew Hart

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Amherst College second baseman and co-captain Reilly Horan ’13 earned NESCAC Softball Player of the Week honors on Monday after her hot hitting helped lead the Jeffs go 6-1 during a busy homestand from Wednesday through Saturday. Horan hit .526 (10-for-19) on the week with a mammoth 1.211 slugging percentage as she tallied two doubles, a triple, three home runs, nine runs scored and nine RBI over the torrid stretch.

In Wednesday’s non-conference doubleheader with Westfield State, Horan powered Amherst to a 4-1, 5-3 sweep. After going 1-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored and a walk in the opener, she erupted in the nightcap with a 3-for-3, 3 RBI performance. Following a leadoff homer in the second inning, the senior doubled and scored in the fourth, then blasted a two-bagger off the wall in the fifth to plate a pair of crucial insurance runs.

Horan helped the Jeffs to another non-conference sweep on Thursday, as Amherst beat Smith 1-0 and 8-0 and she went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored in the nightcap.

Her biggest day came on Saturday, however, as she helped Amherst win its three-game NESCAC West series against Hamilton, splitting the twinbill after a 3-0 win Friday. In the Jeffs’ 11-2 win to open the doubleheader, she went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, her second-inning solo shot to the base of the scoreboard in left jump-starting the Amherst offense en route to the big win. She was even hotter in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored as her three-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh started a Jeff rally that would ultimately fall short in the 13-7 setback.

The Darien, Conn. native also played errorless defense at second base during the week. She is hitting an even .400 on the season while ranking second in the NESCAC with four homers, sixth in RBI (24), seventh in slugging percentage (.711), and tied for seventh in runs scored (21).

Amherst returns to action on Friday, April 12, hosting Williams at 5 p.m. in the opener of a three-game weekend series split between the two campuses.