Liz Neckes '08
Junior Liz Neckes' single up the middle in the top of the seventh scored the eventual game-winning run to move Amherst to 7-11

Lord Jeffs Win 3-2 on Seventh-Inning Heroics at WPI

By Justin Long

April 9, 2007

WORCESTER, MA – The Amherst College softball team faced Worcester Polytechnic Institute this afternoon in a non-conference slate, resulting in a 3-2 victory for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst moves to 7-11 with the win, and will have only tonight to recover before facing Western New England College tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. in Amherst.

After Amherst chalked up a pair of unearned runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead, WPI got one back in the bottom half of the frame, also in unearned fashion. The Engineers tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth on yet another unearned run when Nicole DeCampo singled to center to drive in Briana Dougherty.

First-year Anne Kelly (Littleton, CO) pinch hit to lead off the top of the seventh and made her lone plate appearance count, singling up the middle to get things going for Amherst. Sophomore Alexa Princi (London, England) pinch ran for Kelly and advanced to second when senior co-captain Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) reached on a two-out infield single. Junior Liz Neckes singled up the middle to drive in Princi for the eventual game-winning run, as Amherst hurler Sam Miller (Newton, MA) shut down WPI in the final frame to pick up the win.

First-year Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) started on the mound for the Jeffs, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits in three innings of work. Miller started the fourth inning and was just as impressive, allowing two hits and one run (unearned) in four innings of relief. Miller (2-3) and Chang-Graham each picked up a pair of strikeouts.

Meghan Kelly (6-2) picked up the complete-game loss for WPI, surrendering seven hits while striking out six and walking three.

First-year Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) was the only Amherst player to pick up multiple hits, as the rookie continued her hot streak with a 2-for-4 performance. Dougherty and Jen Richards each had a pair of hits for the Engineers.