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Laura Smith '08
Rookie Laura Smith singled home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning in the opener.

Jeffs Split West Division Twinbill at Middlebury


April 29, 2005

MIDDLEBURY, VT - In a key NESCAC West Division matchup on Friday, the Amherst College softball team split a crucial doubleheader at Middlebury College, winning the opener 1-0 in extra innings before dropping the second game 2-1. With the split, Middlebury (18-8) finished its conference slate at 6-2 and clinched a berth in the four-team NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Amherst moved to 14-10-1 overall and 4-2 in divisional play. The Jeffs need to sweep a doubleheader at archrival Williams College (18-12/5-1 NESCAC West) on Sunday to secure a postseason berth.

Junior fireballer Miya Warner Miya held Middlebury to just a pair of singles over nine innings in Game 1, running her record to 11-3 with her 11th complete game and seventh shutout of the season. Each team had a chance to score in the sixth, but Amherst’s half of the inning ended with a bases-loaded pop-up, and Middlebury’s threat was squelched by a rally-killing double play. The Jeffs finally broke the stalemate when Laura Smith singled home Caroline Polales in the top of the ninth. Middlebury rallied in the bottom half of the inning, but Amherst came through with another double play to seal the win. Smith, Polales, Laura Trigeiro and Rachel Hoerger each singled for the Jeffs.

Middlebury took an early 2-0 lead in the nightcap on an RBI single by Ellen Sargent and a run-scoring groundout by Colleen Sullivan. Amherst battled back with an unearned run in the fourth as Trigeiro plated Polales all the way from first with a line shot that was mishandled in the outfield, but that’s all the offense the Jeffs would muster. Warner (11-4) took the loss for Amherst, while Polales went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Amherst and Williams square off Sunday at noon in Williamstown with a berth in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament at stake.