Annalise Rodli '07
Photo By Erik Andrews '09
Junior Annalise Rodli opened the Jeffs' scoring with an RBI single in the second inning on Friday.

Jeffs Edged in NESCAC Tournament First Round by Tufts, 4-3

May 5, 2006

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College softball team suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to the No. 1 seed from the NESCAC East Division, Tufts University, in the opening round of the 2006 NESCAC Tournament, hosted by Williams College on Friday. The Jeffs fall to 18-11 and will face Trinity College, which dropped a 6-4 decision to the host Ephs in the day’s first game, tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

Amherst drew first blood in the contest, picking up three runs on four hits in the top of the second frame. Junior Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) opened the scoring with and RBI single, and scampered home on a double by rookie Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA). Senior Laura Trigeiro (Reston, VA) capped the run with an RBI single of her own.

The Jumbos got two back in the bottom half of the second on a two-run shot by sophomore Heather Kleinberger, and first-year Maya Ripecky evened the count in the fourth with a solo homer. The game remained deadlocked heading into the final inning, and the Jumbos escaped with a unearned run to earn the win and advance to face Williams in tomorrow’s semifinal matchup at 12:30 p.m.

Senior hurler Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) took the loss for Amherst, falling to 14-6 on the year. She tossed 6.2 innings, surrendering eight hits, while striking out seven. Trigeiro led the Jeff offense with a pair of hits, while Rodli, Harrington, sophomore Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) and first-year Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) had a hit apiece.

Senior Sarah Conroy picked up the win, moving to 8-4 on the year as she scattered six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Kleinberger finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, and first-year Laura Chapman was 2-for-4 and scored the game-winning run.

The winner of the Jeffs vs. Bantams matchup advances to the other NESCAC Semifinal tilt, set to begin at 3 p.m., where they will face the loser of tomorrow’s Williams vs. Tufts game.

BOX SCORE

2006 NESCAC Softball Championship hosted by Williams College
Friday, May 5
Game 1 – Trinity 4 at Williams 6 – 2:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Amherst 3 vs. Tufts 4 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
Game 3 – Trinity vs. Amherst – 10 a.m.
Game 4 – Tufts at Williams – 12:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner of Gm. 3 vs. Loser of Gm. 4 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 7
Game 6 – Winner of Gm. 4 vs. Winner of Gm. 5 – 10 a.m.
Game 7 (If Necessary) - Immediately Following