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Amherst finishes the year at 14-18 (4-8 NESCAC West)

Jeffs Drop Two to Williams in NESCAC West Doubleheader Action

From a Williams College Release

April 28, 2007

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College softball team ended its season with a pair of losses to Williams College in NESCAC West doubleheader action this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs finish with a 14-18 overall record and a 4-8 conference mark.

Ephs Morgan Simpson and Margaret Ryan threw back-to-back complete-game shutouts Saturday as the Williams College softball team swept a doubleheader from archrival Amherst, 4-0 and 8-0.

The wins allowed the Ephs to clinch their 11th Little 3 title, their seventh in a row, and also the NESCAC West Division title for the seventh consecutive season.

In the day’s first game, Simpson was in control after escaping a first-inning jam. She allowed only three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. In the first inning, Amherst first-year Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, NJ) led off the game with a double to right and stayed there as senior co-captain Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA) blooped a single to left.

Simpson bore down to retire junior Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) on a fly to left field, fanned junior Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) and got sophomore Holly Trace (Northport, AL) to hit a comebacker to the circle for the final out.

The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third with three straight two-out singles. The last came on a little blooper to left by Katie Powers and scored Joey Lye. The Ephs broke open the game with a three-run sixth inning capped by a two-run homer to center by Lye that made it 4-0.

Amherst first-year Alexandra Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) got the loss, tossing 4 1/3 innings and allowing eight hits and one run. She did not walk a batter and struck out two. Rodli finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Jeffs.

Williams was led by Lye, who went 3 for 4 with two RBis and two runs scored. Powers went 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Katelyn Knox and Becky Sansone were also 2 for 3.

In the second game, Ryan limited the Jeffs to two hits over five innings. She allowed a lead-off single to Rodli to open the game but, after a sacrifice bunt, retired Neckes and Shaw to end the threat. Williams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame when Powers smacked a two-out solo home run to left off of Amherst starter Sam Miller (Newton, MA).

The Ephs scored four times in the third and twice in the bottom of the fifth to finish things off. In the third, Powers, Simpson and first-year Stephanie Brooks had RBI-singles. In the fifth, Brooks had a second RBI-single and, with two outs, Knox singled to score Powers with the eighth and deciding run as the game was halted due to the eight-run mercy rule.

Rodli and junior Kelly King (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) had the Amherst hits. Miller took the loss, going three innings and allowing six hits and six runs, five earned, while walking one. For the Ephs, Brooks was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Powers was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and three runs scored

The pair of conference loses eliminate Amherst from contention for the upcoming NESCAC softball tournament, and will end the Jeffs season.