Miya Warner '06
Photo By Charlie Quigg '09
Warner picked up two wins, hurling a no-hitter in the first game and coming in for four innings of relief in the nightcap.

Jeffs Clinch NESCAC Tournament Bid With Doubleheader Sweep At Hamilton

April 27, 2006

UTICA, NY – The Amherst College softball team, ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Regional standings, clinched its first bid to the NESCAC Tournament since 2002 with a doubleheader sweep over Hamilton College on Thursday night at Utica College, 5-0 and 7-4. Senior hurler Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) earned victories in both bouts, tossing a no-hitter in the opener, as the Jeffs improved to 18-8 overall and 5-1 in NESCAC West play.

Warner (13-4) was absolutely dominant in the first game, retiring seven batters by way of strikes and falling just shy of a perfect game due to an error in the bottom of the sixth. Amherst got on the board in the third, stringing together a trio of singles and capitalizing on an error to take a 3-0 lead. The Jeffs added a pair of insurance runs in the final frame in unearned fashion to cap the 5-0 shutout.

In game two, sophomore Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) earned the start, surrendering two runs on five hits, while fanning a pair of Continental batters, and Warner came on to toss the final four frames and earn the win. She gave up a pair of unearned runs on three hits and two walks and added seven more strikeouts to her NESCAC-leading total. Hamilton used four singles in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead, while the Jeffs left five runners aboard in the first three innings. Amherst got one back in the top of the fourth on a solo shot by junior Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL), and the flood gates opened in the sixth as the Jeffs plated five runs on the strength of an RBI double by senior Rachel Hoerger (Oakland, CA) and an RBI single by classmate Laura Trigeiro (Reston, VA).

Hoerger added an insurance tally in the top of the seventh, and Hamilton made a run in the bottom half, stealing a pair of unearned runs and loading the bases before Warner slammed the door with her 14th strikeout of the evening.

Trigeiro finished the day a combined 5-for-7 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base, while Hoerger went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) was 4-for-8 with two doubles, while classmate Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) was big in the opener, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Polales posted an impressive performance in the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and rookie Julia Cummings was 1-for-4 in each outing, scoring a run in game one, and knocking home an RBI in game two.

The Jeffs’ regional ranking comes for the first time in recent history of the program and they take on NESCAC West archrival Williams College in the regular season finale Saturday at noon. With a doubleheader sweep of the Ephs, Amherst could earn the right to host the NESCAC Tournament for the first time in school history.