Buechler Tosses One-Hit Shutout in 5-0 Win
Contact: Mike O'Brien
CHICOPEE, Mass. – First-year pitcher Jackie Buechler tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as the Amherst College softball team cruised to a 5-0 non-conference win against Elms College Wednesday night.
Amherst snapped a two-game skid with the win as they improved to 18-9 overall this season, handing the Blazers (11-14) their 14th loss this year while ending their own streak of two straight wins.
Buechler was terrific on the mound, striking out 10 batters while allowing just one hit to record the first shutout of her collegiate career. She only walked two batters in seven innings to improve to 11-5 as a starter.
Six Jeffs contributed offensively to total nine hits. Donna Leet ’15, Alena Marovitz ’17 and Alyssa Sherwill ’15 each recorded two hits. Leet went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Marovitz finished 2-for-3 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored, and Sherwill went 2-for-3.
Tessa Cote ’17 recorded the lone Blazers hit while Jessica Colson ’15 pitched a complete game for the home team. She allowed five runs, all earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Amherst jumped out to an early lead after the top of the first. With two outs and the bases empty, Leet singled through the left side. The next batter, Brianna Cook ’16, sent her home with a RBI double to right center.
After a scoreless second, the Jeffs put together a strong third inning. Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 led off with a single and stole second. Kelsey Ayers ’15 then singled to left field before Leet cleared the bases with a triple to right field. Shortly after, Marovitz drove in Leet with an infield single as Amherst took a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Marovitz connected on a solo home run to right field to give the Jeffs a five-run margin as Buechler remained dominant on the mound with her fourth 1-2-3 inning of the game to close it out.
Amherst returns to the field Friday, Apr. 25 for another road contest against NESCAC rival Hamilton beginning at 5 p.m.