Regional Power Amherst Dumps Softball in New England Debut

Amanda Pierce

Amherst, MA --- Kelsey Ayers  tallied five hits on the day and Carolyn Miller and Brianna Cook homered in the opener as the Amherst softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader with WPI Wednesday at Memorial Field. With a 10-4 win in the opener and a 4-2 triumph in the nightcap, the Jeffs improved to 11-3 on the year while the Engineers fell to 4-8.

Theresa Kelley improved to 6-0 with a win in game one, yielding a single run on two hits while striking out six in four innings before Nicolette Miranda closed out the contest. After WPI grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, the Jeffs scored single tallies in the second and third before erupting for six in the fourth to blow the game open. Ayers (RBI) and Donna Leet 15 (2B, R, 2 RBI) were each 3-for-3 in the rout, while Cook (2-3, 2 R, HR), Miller (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) Kaitlin Silkowitz (2-4, R, RBI, SB) and Alyssa Sherwill (2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) also enjoyed multi-hit games.

WPI totaled just three hits in the opener, with Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) blasting a first-inning homer and Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) delivering an RBI single in the sixth to account for the two Engineer runs.

With WPI as the home team in game one due to the last-minute relocation of the game to Amherst, Fekte's long ball staked her squad to a 1-0 lead, but Miller immediately responded with her own round-tripper down the left field line to lead off the Amherst second.

The Jeffs took a 2-1 lead in the third when Leet's sacrifice fly scored Kelley, then Cook jolted the Amherst offense into high gear in the fourth as she led off the inning with a blast over the left field wall for her first collegiate home run. Back-to-back doubles by Idalia Friedson and Sherwill kept things going before Ayers delivered an RBI single and Leet plated another with a double to left center. With two outs, the Jeffs kept pounding as Reilly Horan scored Leet with a single and Miller doubled the senior in to cap the big inning.

Amherst added another run in the fifth on Silkowitz's RBI single before Sherwill drove in the final tally in the sixth to position the Jeffs for the mercy rule-shortened decision.

The Jeffs scored single runs in each of the first three innings of the nightcap, taking a 3-1 lead before Ayers ripped an RBI triple in the sixth. The sophomore leadoff hitter was 2-for-4 while Horan went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI and Silkowitz chipped in a 2-for-4 game as well.

Arielle Doering went six strong, allowing just three hits in the winning effort for the Jeffs and surrendering a single WPI tally on an Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) home run in the second. Caroline Sealander '15 came on for the seventh and earned the save after yielding an unearned tally on a run-scoring single by Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA)

Ayers led off the bottom of the first with a single for Amherst and came in to score on Horan's RBI knock, but Pierce's long ball tied things in the top of the second. The Jeffs soon grabbed the lead for good, however, when Sarah McKay ripped an RBI double to score Cook in the bottom half of the frame. Amherst made it 3-1 on another Horan RBI single in the third, before Ayers' triple plated the final Jeff tally in the sixth.

Freshman Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) pitched well for WPI, allowing just three earned runs in the loss. 

Both teams will be back in action on Friday with Amherst heading to Middlebury for the opener of a three-game NESCAC series and WPI facing Clark for two.

Release Courtesy Amherst Sports Information