Elizabeth Neckes '08
Junior Elizabeth Neckes played well in the Jeffs first day of competition.

Amherst Splits in Day One of Season

March 19, 2007

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Amherst College softball team opened their season this morning after having an unexpected snow storm delay the team’s departure from Massachusetts and ultimately cancel their games scheduled for yesterday. Amherst defeated St. Catherine (MN) 8-0, in five innings, before falling in their second contest 13-0, in five innings, to Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Lord Jeffs defeated a scrappy squad from the College of Saint Catherine (MN) which finished last season with a 21-18 mark. Amherst first-year pitcher Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) had a stellar outing in her first collegiate start, going all five innings. Chang-Graham gave up only 2 hits, while striking out 8 batters.  

Classmate Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) went 2-for-2 in the game with 1 RBI. Tyler had a single, and also hit her first collegiate homerun. Fellow first-year Emily Neill (Kentfield, CT) also went 2-for-2 in her debut for the Jeffs. Junior Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) went 2-for-3 in the contest with 1 RBI.

The Jeffs racked up 10 hits as a team in the win, to start their season off on a high-note. After a tiring day of travel the on Saturday and an exhilarating first game, Amherst dropped its second game of the afternoon to national powerhouse Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Amherst fell 13-0, in five innings, with junior pitcher Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) pitching the entire game, surrendering 13 hits, while striking out one batter. Sophomore Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) and Neckes each had a single in the game, while first-year Anne Kelly (Littleton, CO) recorded a double.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow morning when they face Dana (NE) at 10:45 a.m. and St. Catherine’s again at 1:00 p.m.