Jeffs Come Up Empty Against Williams

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - Dropping its third straight game, the Amherst softball team fell to 18-9 (3-6 NESCAC West) on the season with a 4-2 loss to archrival Williams on Sunday afternoon.

Taking all three games from the Purple & White this weekend, the Ephs (10-16, 4-2 NESCAC West) avenged last season’s series sweep at the hands of the Jeffs.

Williams starter Emma Harrington paved the way for the visitors, tossing all seven innings, surrendering just two runs on nine hits, while striking out four. Junior counterpart Arielle Doering took the loss after giving up a pair of runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.

Donna Leet ’15, Kelsey Ayers ’15 and Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 each went 2-for-4, while Carolyn Miller ’14, Brianna Cook ’16 and Idalia Friedson ’15 accounted for the Jeffs’ three other hits. Williams first-year Kacey Cramer finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Ali Graebner ’14, Melissa Cendejas ’16 and Priscilla Pino ’16 each recorded a hit and RBI.

With Amherst threatening and runners on second and third with just one out in the bottom of the first, catcher Amanda Correnti ’13 threw back to third to pick-off one of the Jeffs’ would be runs. Closing the door, Harrington got Horan to swing through strike three to end the inning.

Still scoreless in the top of the third, Theresa Legan ’14 singled to center with one out. Moving to second on first-year Erica Li’s sacrifice bunt, Legan came around to score on a Cramer base knock to center. Once again advancing a runner into scoring position in the top of the fourth, the Ephs doubled their lead as Pino dumped an RBI single into shallow center.

Looking to jumpstart an Amherst rally in the bottom of the frame, Leet laced a double into the right centerfield gap. Going to third on senior Reilly Horan’s grounder to short, Leet plated the home team’s first run on Miller’s double that bounced to the left field wall.

Coming right back, Williams got to reliever Theresa Kelley ’13 in the top half of the fifth, padding their lead with a pair of runs. Cramer got things started with a double to center before Graebner followed with an RBI triple into the gap in right. Charging toward the plate on a Cendejas bunt, Graebner slid under the tag at home, suddenly making it 4-1.

Getting a run back in the sixth on a Cook double that was followed by a Friedson single, Amherst entered the final frame down two. With Ayers grounding out to short to lead it off, Silkowitz reached on an error. Hitting it back up the middle, Leet kept the Jeff rally alive, but Legan knocked the ball down, keeping it from rolling into the outfield and holding the runners on first and second.

Harrington then got Horan to fly out in foul territory along the left field line, but a catch and carry call advanced the runners and put the tying runs in scoring position. Unfazed, the sophomore hurler bore down, striking out Miller to end the game.

Amherst returns to action on Monday, Apr. 15 at Wellesley.

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