Jackie Tyler '10
Junior Ralina Shaw belted a two-run homer in the nightcap to help bring Amherst back into the game.

Jeffs Drop a Pair to Visiting Clark University

By Alex Kantor

April 3 , 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College softball team dropped a pair of games at the hands of visiting Clark University this evening. The Cougars stole game one on seventh inning heroics from Heather Warren, as junior Sam Miller (Newton, MA) took a complete game loss on the mound. Amherst dropped the nightcap in eight innings, 9-8, with Warren providing the fire again.

After surrendering a trio of singles to start the day, Miller got out a bases loaded jam with a strike out, an infield fly to short, and a pop-up to right field. From the bottom of the first, through the end of the fourth frame, Miller pitched a gem, retiring a dozen straight Clark batters.

The two teams traded goose eggs across the board until the top of the seventh inning, when Warren took hold of a Miller pitch with the bases juiced, sending the offering deep over the center field fence. Amherst pressed hard in the bottom of the inning, but came up empty, with a 5-1 loss.

In the nightcap, Amherst sent sophomore Maddie Tamagni (Salinas, CA) to the rubber to try and cool down the Cougar momentum. Clark jumped out to an early lead in the second match-up though, scoring four runs in the first inning, on four consecutive hits, including a trio of doubles.

Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the second, Amherst got its first run of the game when Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL) drove in Annalise Rodli (LaCanada, CA) with an RBI single.

Tamagni helped her own cause, sitting down the Cougars 1-2-3 in the top of the third, before Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) belted a 2-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4. The two squads traded runs in the fourth inning with Polales hitting a solo shot to keep Amherst close.

Amherst knotted things up at sixth inning, when Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) doubled with one out, setting up a two-out homerun from Emily Neill (Kentfield, CA).

The second showing entered extra innings, when Clark brought in two runs in the top of the eighth on a 2 RBI single from Warren for her third hit of game two. Amherst grabbed one run back in the bottom of the frame, but would fall short at 9-8.

The pair of losses drops Amherst to 6-8 on the year, but the Jeffs remain undefeated at 3-0 in NESCAC play. Amherst returns to the diamond on Friday for a single game at Wesleyan at 4:30 p.m.