Ralina Shaw '08
Shaw blasted a pair of homers in the second game on Thursday.

Jeffs Edge St. Catherine, Erase Elmhurst

March 21, 2006

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Amherst College softball team picked up a pair of victories on Thursday at the Sun West Tournament, hosted by Chapman University in Orange County, Calif., edging the College of St. Catherine, 2-1, before applying the mercy rule to Elmhurst College in a 10-0 victory. Senior pitcher Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) fanned 13 batters in the St. Catherine win, while sophomore slugger Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) blasted a pair of homers against Elmhurst as the Jeffs improved to 4-3.

The Jeffs got all the offense they would need in the second inning against St. Catherine as rookie Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) and junior Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL) notched a pair of two-out singles and then moved into scoring position on some sloppy fielding by the Wildcats. Harrington crossed the plate on a wild pitch, while junior Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) knocked in Polales with a base hit of her own. Meanwhile, Warner dominated the mound, striking out nearly half of the batters she faced. The Wildcats only run came in the final inning as first-year Tegan McDonough slapped a two-out triple to score classmate Jessi McGehee, but Warner ended the threat by striking out first-year pinch-hitter Nicole Donofri. Harrington, Rodli and first-year Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) each posted a pair of singles, while Rodli swiped a base.

In the second game of the day, sophomore hurler Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) picked up her first collegiate shutout, giving up just five hits and two walks before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule after the fifth inning. The middle of the Jeffs’ batting order did all the damage as Shaw, Polales and sophomore Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) each tallied a trio of RBIs, while rookie Holly Trace (Northport, AL) notched a pair. Shaw finished 2-for-2, slamming a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo homer in the fourth, while Polales pounded a three-run bomb to end the contest in the fifth. Neckes was 3-for-3 with a double to increase her team-leading batting average to a scorching .647, and Trace went 2-for-3 with two singles and two runs scored. Elmhurst threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with just one out, but the Jeffs turned a 1-2-3 double play to get out of the inning unscathed.

Amherst continues Sun West Tournament play Friday at 10:45 a.m. against Tufts University.