Team Huddle
Photo by Kathy Nolan '10
The Lord Jeffs cruised to two wins over Bates to move to 14-15 on the year

Jeffs Take Two from Bates to Move to 14-15

By Justin Long

April 23, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College softball team moved to 14-15 on the season with a pair of non-conference wins over Bates College. All three of the Lord Jeffs’ runs in the first game came in the first inning, while their pitching held the Bobcats scoreless for the 3-0 win. Amherst needed just five innings to take care of business in the second game, cruising to an 11-2 victory.

Amherst jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning of game one, highlighted by a 2-RBI triple from junior catcher Liz Neckes (Dover, MA), but those would be the only three runs scored in the game. First-year Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) allowed only two hits in four innings on the mound, striking out four while walking none to improve to 6-9 on the season. Sophomore Maddie Tamagni (Salinas, CA) picked up her second save of the season, allowing just one hit in three innings of solid relief.

Neckes and senior co-captain Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) each went 2-for-3 to lead the Amherst offense, while sophomores Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) and Alexa Princi (London, England) each added a hit. Sophomore Holly Trace (Northport, AL) also had a hit for the Jeffs, adding the third RBI.

Senior Kristin Masino picked up the loss for the Bobcats to move to 4-7 on the year, but pitched exceptionally well after the first inning, as she allowed only four hits after the first inning and did not allow a hit after the third inning. Jill Cappucci, Katie Franklin and Stacia Saniuk each went 1-for-3 for Bates.

The Jeffs got on the board in the second inning of the nightcap after three Bates fielding miscues led to three Amherst unearned runs, with Rodli and first-year Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) each picking up RBIs. Bates came back to load the bases with no outs in the top of the third, leading to a Saniuk 2-RBI single. Leah Citrin singled to load the bases once again, but Amherst junior hurler Sam Miller (Newton, MA) struck out three batters in a row to end the threat and escape the inning with a 3-2 lead.

Amherst plated five more runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to put the mercy rule into effect, allowing Miller to close out the game in the fifth inning and give the Jeffs an 11-2 victory. Rodli went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the nightcap, while Neckes was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Harrington also had three hits in the second game, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBIs.

Miller (5-4) allowed seven hits and one earned run in her five innings, striking out five and walking three. Christina Knobel (1-5) picked up the loss for Bates, while Shayna Waldman came in for 1.1 innings of relief. Citrin was the only Bobcat with multiple hits in game two (2-for-3).

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday for a key conference match-up with archrival Williams College. Game time is set for 4 p.m. in Amherst.