Annalise Rodli '07
Junior Elizabeth Neckes played a major role for Amherst in both games today.

Amherst Wins Rematch with Elmhurst; Falls to Babson in Nightcap

By Justin Long

March 22, 2007

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Amherst College softball team rebounded from yesterday's tough 3-2 loss to Elmhurst College, winning today's rematch 10-5. In the nightcap, a late inning rally from Babson downed Amherst 6-1. Amherst drops to 3-5 with the split, and will play a non-conference game against Tufts tomorrow before returning home.

Junior Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) and first-year Jacqueline Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) had the hot bats for Amherst in the first game, combining for seven of the Lord Jeffs’ 10 hits. Tyler went 3-for-3 with a two runs and a pair of RBIs, while Neckes went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

Senior co-captain Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL) and sophomores Lindsay Harrington (Westford, MA) and Emily Bularzik (Braintree, MA) each chipped in with a hit, with Polales driving in two runs and Harrington scoring twice. Junior hurler Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) went the distance for Amherst, allowing only seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings of work.

In the nightcap, Amherst pitcher Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) and Babson hurler Danielle Liska were entrenched in a pitcher’s dual for the first five innings, as neither team could break through with a run. Amherst got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, when Neckes knocked in Tyler to take a 1-0 lead into the seventh frame.

As Chang-Graham took the mound in the seventh, the Beavers came out gunning, and put up 6 unanswered runs to take the game away from Amherst. The Jeffs will play their final Sun West Tournament game tomorrow against NESCAC rival Tufts, in a non-conference match-up at 1 p.m.