Jeffs Hold Off Wellesley, 6-4

Courtesy of Wellesley Sports Information

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Putting the brakes on a four-game skid, the Amherst softball team earned a 6-4 non-conference win against Wellesley to improve to 19-9 on the season.

Amherst pushed across four runs in the top half of the first inning, piling on six hits, all singles. Brianna Cook ’16 laced a base-knock to right that drove in two runs, while Reilly Horan ’13 and Alyssa Sherwill ’15 each added RBI singles in the inning. Wellesley got a run back in the bottom of the frame, as a Jayne Ellis ’14 base hit drove in Carly Bresee ’16, who led off with a single.

Wellesley inched closer with a run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 4-2. Singles from Bresee and Casey got things started, before sophomore Maria LaBouyer's single drove in a run. Wellesley had a chance for more with a runner on third, but a heads up play from catcher Kelsey Ayers ’15 to pick off a runner ended the Wellesley threat.

An unearned Blue run in the bottom of the fourth closed the gap even further. Mara Blesoff ’13 led off with a single, and then her pinch runner, Elizabeth Murphy ’15, came around to score on an errant throw to make it 4-3.

Amherst opened the top of the fifth with a pair of infield singles, but Wellesley got the next two outs. Coming up with a big hit, Carolyn Miller ’14 drove a 1-0 pitch into left field to plate Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 and Ayers to increase the Jeff advantage to 6-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, the home team rallied for a run on a double from Lauren Goldfarb ’13 that plated Bresee. The Blue rally was short-lived, however, as a groundout stranded runners on first and second.

Four players recorded multi-hit games for the Jeffs, as Ayers, Silkowitz, Miller and Sherwill each collected a pair of singles. Miller and Cook each drove in two runs each, while Horan and Sherwill added a solo RBI in the win.

Wellesley was paced by a 2-for-3 performance from Bresee, who also walked and scored three runs. Goldfarb doubled and added an RBI, while Ellis and LaBouyer also drove in runs for the Blue.

Theresa Kelly ’13 (12-3) threw six strong innings, picking up the win for Amherst. She allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out two. Nicolette Miranda ’16 came on in relief, throwing two-thirds of an inning, before giving way to Arielle Doering ’14, who earned a one-out save by inducing a groundout.

Goldfarb (3-2) suffered the loss for Wellesley, throwing seven innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits (all singles). She struck out four and walked three.

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, hosting MCLA in a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.