Julia Cummings '09
First-year hurler Alex Chang-Graham pitched well in the game one start.

Jeffs Split Doubleheader at Middlebury to Drop Series

From a Middlebury College Release

April 21, 2007

MIDDLEBURY, VT. – The Amherst College softball team split a pair of games this afternoon at Middlebury College to drop the three-game series. Amherst falls to 12-15 for the year, and 4-5 in NESCAC West play after the trip.

Amherst struck in the first inning of game one as senior co-captain Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) singled, stole second, before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Rodli scored on a play at the plate as the next batter, Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA), grounded to second.

Middlebury’s Brittany Burke got out of another second and third jam in the fifth, as she got Neckes to line out, and junior Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) to pop out to end the inning.

Amherst scored its second run in the sixth as sophomore Holly Trace (Northport, AL) singled up the middle before being pinch-run for. A single down the right field line by Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) sent Kelly King Frosse Pointe Park, MI) to third, before a sacrafice fly to left by Emily Neill (Kentfield, CA) plated King for the 2-0 lead.

First-year hurler Alexandra Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) and Maddie Tamagni (Salinas, CA) combined to earn the four-hit shutout, with Tamagni earning the win in relief. Each hurler allowed two hits, with Chang-Graham striking out four and Tamagni fanning five. Burke took the loss for Middlebury, allowing two runs and nine hits over seven innings of work.

Four different players singled for Middlebury, while Rodli went 3-4 with a double and two steals to pace Amherst. Trace and Cummings also had two-hits in the game.
One run would be all Middlebury needed in game two as Jennifer Williams threw a two-hit shutout for the win. Each team left a pair on base in the second inning, before the Panthers left them loaded in the third.

Middlebury scored its lone run in the fourth as Allison Bard led off with a single, before Williams sacrificed her to second as she continued on to third base. Following a ground out, Bard would score the game’s only run on a wild pitch.

Susan Miranowski went 3-3 in the game, while three other Panthers had singles. Neckes and Trace singled for Amherst, as junior Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) took the loss for the Jeffs.