Women's Softball

1999 Season Prospectus


Amherst softball looks to maintain its standing as one of the strongest teams in New England, and they will kick off the 1999 campaign ranked No. 16 in the nation. While the team graduates Sarah Rinaldi and Jen Shea, the first two women to play four years of varsity softball at Amherst, the Jeffs are deep with young and experienced talent. Leading the hard-hitting Jeffs are tri-captains Vicki Gonzalez '99 and Liza Feldman '00 who, along with junior Melissa Roja, all have proven key in clutch situations. Feldman came up big with a two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th inning against Wheaton (MA) for a 4-3 victory and a trip to the NCAA New England Regional Championship game.

The Jeffs return eight starters from last year's 31-8 team,
including three NCAA All-Tournament players.

 
Defensively, junior tri-captain Darcy Sweeney anchors the team with a .978 fielding average at first base. Catcher Meghan Nelson posted a solid rookie season, playing all 39 games, fielding .947 and hitting .295 with 18 RBI. Sophomore third-basemen Shari Sakamoto and Lindsay Thomas, along with second-baseman Carline Kelly, also gained significant experience to help maintain Amherst's tradition of excellence.
 

1998 Amherst Softball: A Look Back


Amherst softball capped off its finest season ever with the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. Four Lord Jeffs earned All-Tournament honors for their five-game performances: Liza Feldman '00, Allison Schwarting '00, Jen Shea '98 and Darcy Sweeney '00 were recognized among the 14 most outstanding players in the NCAA New England Regional. Amherst advanced to the Regional Championship game before falling 1-0 to top-seeded Bridgewater State to close out Amherst's 1998 campaign with a 31-8 record. Along the way the Jeffs had claimed their first Little III title after sweeping doubleheaders against both Wesleyan and Williams by a combined 28-9 score.

Amherst posted its finest season ever with a 31-8 record and an
NCAA New England Regional Championship appearance!


Kicking off only its fourth varsity season, softball brought a 9-3 record back from Spring Training, which featured a no-hitter over Elms College by two-time All-ECAC pitcher Schwarting. She and Shea posted a 1.63 ERA while striking out 150 batters and walking only 44 in 254.0 innings of work. A solid pitching staff held hitters to a .181 average while Amherst hit .303, including 11 home runs among 57 extra-base hits. Schwarting led the way with a .406 average and 23 stolen bases, followed by Sarah Rinaldi '98 and her 31 RBI in a .350 senior season. The team registered nine shutouts while outscoring opponents 219-103.
 

Softball Facilities

 

The "Cage" is an indoor facility that is being renovated to modernize its all-natural dirt floor. Its unique structure allows our softball team to practice live, with all the elements of the outdoor game captured in an indoor facility. It is fully enclosed with nets, and is equipped with batting and pitching tunnels.
Hill Field (natural grass, skinned infield) is the home field for Amherst softball. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Hill Field also features DeBevoise Field House that contains two fully equipped locker rooms, a training room and an equipment room. During the season the softball program has a full-time trainer and a full-time equipment manager on staff. Athletic issue and laundry is provided on a daily basis.
 

Amherst College At a Glance

 
Location: Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Founded: 1821
Affiliations: NESCAC, ECAC, NCAA Division III
Enrollment: 1,650
Colors: Purple and White
Mascot: Lord Jeffs
President: Tom Gerety
Athletic Director: Peter Gooding
Athletic Phone: (413) 542-2274
Fax: (413) 542-2026
Sports Information: Colin Barnacle '98
Sports Information Phone: (413) 542-2390
Fax: (413) 542-2527
Head Softball Coach: Sue Everden
Address: Box 2230, Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone: W - (413) 542-7939
1995 Record: 11-9
1996 Record: 15-13-1
1997 Record: 21-5, ECAC Tournament
1998 Record: 31-8, NCAA Tournament
 

All-NESCAC Catcher Meghan Nelson