Lindsey Harrington '09
Rookie Lindsey Harrington posted a hit, an RBI and five assists in the second game.

Jeffs Sweep WPI

March 29, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst softball team took a pair from visiting non-conference foe WPI in their home opener on Wednesday, winning the first in extra frames, 1-0, and posting a 5-2 victory in game two. The Jeffs improve to 7-4 on the season, while the Engineers drop to 13-3.

The squads battled in a pitching duel to a scoreless tie after seven innings in the afternoon’s first match. Amherst senior Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) gave up just three hits, walked one, and posted 10 strikeouts, while Engineer junior Meghan Kelly allowed only a pair hits and struck out two Amherst batters. In the eighth, it came down to international extra inning rules, as rookie Emily Bularzik (Braintree, MA) scored on fielding error, after beginning the inning on second, and Amherst eked out the win. Junior Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) and sophomore Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) had the only hits of the game for the Jeffs.

Both Amherst and WPI were led by their rookies in the first inning of the second game, as Engineer first-year Sara Migdal batted in classmate Nicole Maglione, and Amherst’s Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) doubled up the left field line and then scored on a fielding error. Neither team could muster much offense in the next four innings, but Amherst came alive at the bottom of the sixth, as Harrington, rookie Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA), sophomores Kelly King (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) and Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) and junior Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL) all posted singles in a red hot offensive effort. Harrington, Neckes and Polales earned RBIs as the Jeffs got out to a 5-1 edge entering the final inning. WPI tried to catch Amherst’s fire, as junior Kelly Head scored to close the gap to 5-2, but rookie hurler Maddie Tamagni (Salinas, CA) was stellar down the stretch dashing WPI’s comeback hopes.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday, April 1st in their NESCAC opener at Wesleyan University.