Miya Warner '06
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Sophomore catcher Elizabeth Neckes sealed the game-one win on Saturday with a three-run blast to left.

Jeffs Split Twinbill with Middlebury

April 8, 2006

By Matthew Bires '07

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College softball team notched its sixth consecutive victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with Middlebury College, as they cruised 6-2, but Middlebury bounced back in the second game to split the twinbill with a tight 8-6 victory.  The Jeffs found themselves at 11-5 (3-1 NESCAC West) at day’s end, while Middlebury evened things out at 7-7 (3-1 NESCAC West).

In a stellar outing, senior hurler Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) improved to 10-2 on the season, tossing her ninth complete game of the season in the day’s first contest; the victory marked her tenth straight.  She surrendered only five hits, while sitting down seven Panther batters. 

Amherst took the lead 3-0 in the bottom of the third, and never looked back.  Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) walked to get things started for the Jeffs and Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) singled to left-center advancing Rodli to second.  With two on, first-year Julia Cummings (Las Angeles, CA) laced a triple to center, driving in Rodli and Harrington and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Jeffs cemented the victory in the fifth, when Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) hit a towering shot over the left-field wall, driving in three runs.  Neckes has had the hot bat for Amherst thus far, batting an impressive .477 on the season.

In the second game, junior Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) struggled in the second inning and the Panthers capitalized with a six-hit, six-run rally.  The Jeffs bounced back in the fourth with a pair of doubles by sophomore Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) and junior Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL), driving in two runs and bringing the Jeffs within four.  Late in the game it appeared that the Jeffs might steal this one from the Panthers as they put together an impressive rally in the sixth, with Rodli, Rachel Hoerger (Oakland, CA), and Kelly King (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) all crossing the plate.  The Jeffs were within one, but Middlebury held fast riding the solid pitching of sophomore Brittany Burke (Medfield, MA), and grinding out an 8-6 victory.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at non-conference opponent Westfield State College.