Elizabeth Neckes '08
Photo By Charlie Quigg '09
Sophomore catcher Elizabeth Neckes finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base.

Jeffs Suffer 5-4 Loss To Trinity

April 18, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College softball team suffered a hard-fought 5-4 non-conference loss to visiting NESCAC East rival Trinity College on Tuesday afternoon. The Jeffs dropped to 15-7, while Trinity improved to 17-5 with the win.

The Jeffs drew first blood, stringing together hits from rookie Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA), senior Laura Trigeiro (Reston, VA) and sophomore Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) to pick up a run and a 1-0 advantage in the opening inning.

The Bantams answered in the third as, after a booted sacrifice bunt attempt, rookie Ariana Mullin (Woodbridge, CT) smashed a towering three-run shot to left field to make it 3-1 Trinity. Amherst stole one back in the bottom half of the frame as Neckes scampered home on a double to right-center from sophomore slugger Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA).

Trinity plated a pair of unearned tallies in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on a botched double-play opportunity to stretch the lead out to 5-2, but the Jeffs again would take a little back as Trigeiro took advantage of a Bantam miscue to scoot home on a infield grounder by Neckes.

The Jeffs continued to chip away at the Trinity edge in the bottom half of the sixth inning as first-year Alexa Princi (London, England) slapped a pinch-hit triple into the gap and was knocked home by Neckes. However, Trinity junior hurler Sara Dougherty (Long Valley, NJ) finally tamed the Amherst rally to escape with her seventh win of the season (7-3).

Amherst senior Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) fell to 11-4 with the toss, giving up just a pair of earned runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six in 6.1 innings. Sophomore Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) was flawless in 0.2 innings of relief.

Neckes finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base, while Shaw boasted the only multi-hit performance for Amherst, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Mullin led the Bantam offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, and senior Lindsey Freeman (Lancaster, MA) was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4:30 p.m. against visiting non-conference opponent Smith College.