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Jess Allen '04
Senior captain Jess Allen returns at third base this spring for the Jeffs.

Youthful Jeffs Look for Breakout Season in 2004

January 20, 2004

2003 RECAP
The Amherst softball team fielded a youthful squad last spring and finished with a final mark of 12-15 (4-4 NESCAC). Fielding first-years in four of the nine starting spots yielded no handicap for the Jeffs as the rookies accounted for three of the team’s top four hitters and the most consistent pitching battery in the NESCAC. The Lord Jeffs’ season began in Ft. Myers, FL, where they faced stiff competition, but finished the trip strong with wins over St. Lawrence and Fontbonne, overcoming a seven-run deficit against St. Lawrence, and scoring four runs in the fifth inning to down Fontbonne. They claimed victory in eight of their next 10 games upon returning to Amherst, highlighted by seven straight wins on the mound by first-year Miya Warner, including a 3-0 no-hitter over Clark University.

KEY LOSSES
The Jeffs lose three starters in co-captains Missy Mordy and Emily Melia, and classmate Tamara Baer. Melia, a second baseman, and Mordy, a shortstop, handled the middle infield, posting .250 and .241 batting averages, respectively, while fellow senior Baer patrolled right field as one of the Jeffs’ top outfielders.

RETURNEES
The return of sophomores Miya Warner and Laura Trigeiro suggests a promising spring for Amherst. As a first-year, Warner was one of the conference’s top starting pitchers, collecting First-Team All-NESCAC and Third-Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-New England honors, while finishing 16th in the nation in strikeouts per game (7.7). She led the NESCAC in a bevy of pitching categories including wins (12), innings pitched (164.2), strikeouts (181), appearances (26), starts (22), shutouts (4), complete games (22) and opponent batting average (.207). Trigeiro, a first baseman, finished eighth in the NESCAC in batting average (.386) and on-base percentage (.452) and, incredibly, led the Jeffs in almost every offensive category, striking out only once in her team high 83 at bats.

Senior co-captain Jess Allen returns to the diamond at third base after leading the Jeffs in assists (40) and ranking third on the team in runs scored (11) last year. Classmate Regina Scribner rejoins the team after sitting out her junior season. As a sophomore, she was named a Second-Team ECAC East All-Star and earned First-Team All-NESCAC honors for the second consecutive year. Junior returnees include defensive specialist Greta Anderson, outfielder Elizabeth Staunton and pitcher/first baseman Kathryn Honderd. Rounding out the returnees are sophomore second baseman Sarah Rothbard and outfielders Katherine Tedeschi and Rachel Hoerger, who finished fourth in the NESCAC in walks (10).