Softball Splits With Amherst

April 21, 2007

Middlebury fell in game one 2-0, but bounced back to earn a 1-0 win in game two, taking two of three from Amherst this weekend. The Panthers move to 15-9 overall and 3-3 in NESCAC play, while the Jeffs are now 12-13 overall and 4-5 in league play.

Amherst struck in the first inning of game one as Annalise Rodli singled, stole second, before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Rodli scored on a play at the plate as the next batter, Elizabeth Neckes, grounded to second. The Jeffs threatened again in the fourth, but Brittany Burke got Emily Bularzik to ground out to end the inning with runners on second and third. Middlebury had a pair of singles in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to capitalize.

Burke got out of another second and third jam in the fifth, as she got Neckes to line out and Ralina Shaw to pop out to end the inning.

Amherst scored its second run in the sixth as Holly Trace singled up the middle before being pinch-run for. A single down the right field line by Julia Cummings sent Kelly King to third, before a SAC fly to left by Emily Neill plated King for the 2-0 lead.

Alexandra Chang-Graham and Maddie Tamagni combined to earn the four-hit shutout, with Tamagni earning the win in relief. Each hurler allowed two hits, with Chang-Graham striking out four and Tamagni fanning five. Burke took the loss for Middlebury, allowing two runs and nine hits over seven innings of work.

Four different players singled for Middlebury, while Rodli went 3-4 with a double and two steals to pace Amherst. Trace and Cummings also had two-hits in the game.

One run would be all Middlebury needed in game two as Jennifer Williams threw a two-hit shutout for the win. Each team left a pair on base in the second inning, before the Panthers left them loaded in the third.

Middlebury scored its lone run in the fourth as Allison Bard led off with a single, before Williams sacrificed her to second as she continued on to third base. Following a ground out, Bard would score the game's only run on a wild pitch.

Susan Miranowski went 3-3 in the game, while three other Panthers had singles. Neckes and Trace singled for Amherst, as Samantha Miller took the loss for the Jeffs.