Jeffs Drop NESCAC Tournament Opener at Tufts, 4-1|
FROM A TUFTS UNIVERSITY RELEASE
|Second baseman Carline Kelly '01|
scored the Jeffs' lone run
after leading off
the game with a double
MEDFORD, MA - Junior pitcher Jodie Moreau (Clarksburg, MA) went the distance for her tenth straight win and the Tufts University offense took advantage of four Amherst College errors, as the Jumbos posted a 4-1 victory over the Jeffs in the first round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Softball Championship Tournament on Friday.
Visiting Amherst scored right away after senior second baseman Carline Kelly (South Dartmouth, MA) led off the game with a double and sophomore third baseman Missy Mordy (Issaquah, WA) followed with a single. Mordy then stole second to put two runners in scoring position for the Jeffs. Moreau struck out the next two hitters, but Kelly scored on an errant pick-off throw to second base.
Tufts took advantage of an Amherst error to take the lead for good in the third. Amherst starter Lauren Peloquin (Berkley, MA) walked junior second baseman Emily Ferrazza (Westminster, MA) to start the inning, then hit junior shortstop Jen Mackey (Swampscott, MA) with a pitch. Both Jumbos scored when senior center fielder Randee McArdle's (East Nassau, NY) grounder to first was not fielded cleanly.
The Jumbos added two more runs in the fourth, sparked by a leadoff double by freshman third baseman Deana Davidian (Pelham, NY). She stole third, then scored on a single by sophomore right fielder Nikki Blotner (San Diego, CA). A passed ball and another Amherst error brought in Blotner.
Moreau settled down after the first, allowing just two hits the rest of the way. Blotner had two hits and two stolen bases for Tufts. Kelly went two for three for the Jeffs.
Meanwhile, Williams College also advanced in the winner's bracket with a 9-0 victory over Bowdoin College as the Ephs rolled to their 14th consecutive win behind the shutout pitching of sophomore Katherine Baldwin (Yantic, CT) and an opportunistic offense. They jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out RBI single by sophomore center fielder Courtney Hunter (Ridgefield, CT), who then stole second and eventually scored by taking home on a double steal.
The game was tightly contested until the bottom of the fifth, when five Williams hits and two Bowdoin errors led the way to a 7-0 advantage for the Ephs. Hunter again was at the center of the action. She led off the inning with a single, then stole second and advanced to third when the throw rolled into center field. A single by junior second baseman Gisele Pinck (Luzerene, SWITZERLAND) brought her home. After Pinck later scored on a Bowdoin error, sophomore third baseman Kristen Massimiano (Pittsfield, MA) broke the game open by plating two more runs with a long fly triple that was over the head and off the glove of a leaping Bowdoin outfielder.
Baldwin worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the sixth that included one of Bowdoin freshman designated hitter Hillary Smith's (Denver, CO) team-high two hits. Williams ended the game in the sixth by loading the bases and getting a two-out infield single by Baldwin. Hunter had three hits and scored two runs to lead Williams, which also got two hits from Pinck and junior first baseman Karen McCloskey (Verona, NJ).
Tufts and Williams will meet on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. after Amherst and Bowdoin play in the loser's bracket at 10 a.m.
*Bowdoin vs. Amherst, 10 a.m.
*Tufts vs. Williams, 12:30 p.m.
*Bowdoin/Amherst Winner vs. Tufts/Williams Loser, 3 p.m.
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