Jeffs Split Doubleheader in Florida
Contact: Mike O'Brien
CLERMONT, Fla. - The Amherst College softball team suffered its first loss of the 2014 season Tuesday, falling to Allegheny College, 8-4, but retaliated with a 7-1 win over Fredonia State in Clermont, Fla.
The loss in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader snapped Amherst’s three-game winning streak to open the year as they fell to 3-1 while the Gators improved to 3-6 overall.
Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the third, the Jeffs’ bats got hot. Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 started things off with a one out single up the middle, however, she was picked off at second. The next batter, Kelsey Ayers ’15, singled and advanced to second following another single down the left field line from Donna Leet ’15. With one out remaining in the inning, Ayssa Sherwill ’15 doubled to left field to drive in Ayers and Leet, and tie the game at 2-2.
Ayers scored once again in the bottom of the fifth following a single from Leet, who eventually scored on an error from the Allegheny centerfielder, as Amherst took a 4-2 lead after five.
After a scoreless sixth inning, the Sagehens rallied in the top of the seventh with six runs on six hits and two Jeff errors to earn the win. Ayers and Leet both went 3-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored to lead Amherst while Leet added a RBI. Silkowitz went 2-for-4 while Sherwill and Alena Marovitz ’17 added one each to tally 10 total team hits. Arielle Doering ’14 started for Amherst and allowed two earned runs on four hits in five innings, striking out three.
Amherst (4-1) answered nicely with a 7-1 win over Fredonia State (1-2) later in the day. The Jeffs came out strong and scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Silkowitz bunted safely for a single to get things started and crossed home plate following a fielding and throwing error by the Blue Devils on the next at-bat. Ayers reached second on the errors and advanced to third on a single from Leet. Sherwill drove them both in with a single through the left side as Amherst took a 3-0 lead with zero outs. Brianna Cook ’16 later reached on a fielder’s choice and was driven home on a single up the middle by Marovitz.
The Jeffs tacked on three more runs in the second. Cook doubled to center field and scored on a single through the right side by Carolyn Miller ’14. Marovitz advanced the runner and both batters scored on a two RBI triple by Idalia Friedson ’15.
Four batters recorded two or more hits. Leading the way was Marovitz with a 3-for-4 performance, RBI and run scored. Silkowitz also went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Cook went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and Miller hit 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored.
Jackie Buechler ’17 pitched a gem for the Jeffs, throwing a complete game one run (unearned) effort while allowing just four hits, striking out six and walking one.
Amherst is back in action Thursday, Mar. 20 for a 9 a.m. matchup against Endicott followed by a 1 p.m. game versus Worcester State.