Amherst College Softball: NCAA Notes

Lord Jeff Fast Facts
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Founded: 1821
Enrollment: 1,650 undergraduates
President: Tom Gerety
Colors: Purple and White
Nickname: Lord Jeffs
Affiliations: NESCAC, ECAC,
NCAA Division III

Athletic Director: Peter Gooding
Athletic Phone: 413 542-2274
Athletic Fax: 413 542-2026
Home Field: Hill Field

Head Coach: Don Faulstick
Alma Mater: Mansfield '86
Record at Amherst: 21-5 (1 year)
Career Record: 21-5 (1 year)
Office Phone: 413 542-2303
Assistant Coach: Sue Everden
Address: Alumni Gymnasium
  Amherst, MA 01002-5000

First Varsity Season: 1995
1995 Record: 11-9
1996 Record: 15-13-1
1997 Record: 21-5, ECAC bid
1998 Regular Season: 28-6
1998 Captains: Sarah Rinaldi '98
  Jen Shea '98

Sports Information Director: Irene Cheung
Office Phone: 413 542-2390
Home Phone: 413 256-4139
Fax: 413 542-2527
Address: Public Affairs Office
  Amherst, MA 01002-5000

  • Amherst College softball is in its fourth varsity season after being elevated from club status in the 1995 season. The two senior co-captains, Jen Shea (Hatfield, MA) and Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) are the first two women to play four years of varsity softball at Amherst. Together, they hold virtually every career hitting and pitching record for the program.
  • This is the Jeffs' first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after making their post-season debut in the 1997 ECAC Championship. Both trips have been made under the guidance of Head Coach Don Faulstick, who joined the department in January 1997. This is Faulstick's first position as the head softball coach.
  • Amherst is experiencing the finest season in the short lifetime of the program as the Jeffs finished the regular season with an unprecedented 28-6 record. This included a 13-game win streak late in the season when the Jeffs won 15 of their 18 contests in the month of April.
  • The Jeffs have already faced three of the four teams in the New England Regional as they post a 3-3 mark against the field. Amherst swept Smith in a doubleheader and have defeated Tufts once in the NESCAC rivals' three meetings. The Jeffs fell to Wheaton early in spring training.
  • Allison Schwarting (Los Angeles, CA) leads the team both on the mound and at the plate after earning All-ECAC Second Team, All-NESCAC and NESCAC Player of the Week accolades three-times as a rookie. She has claimed the honor twice this season, including last week where she upped her record to 16-4 with a pair of wins while powering Amherst to a sweep of archrival Williams College to secure a spot in the NCAA Regional. This year is the first time Amherst has ever defeated the Ephs as the Jeffs boast sole ownership of the 1998 Little III Title. The sophomore boasts a .443 batting average and a 1.54 ERA to place her in the top-four in the NESCAC in both categories.
  • Senior co-captain Jen Shea has also been solid for Amherst with a 12-2 record and a 2.00 ERA. Outfielders Vicki Gonzalez (Miami, FL), co-captain Sarah Rinaldi and Melissa Roja (Los Altos Hills, CA) are a batting and base-running threat, combining for a .360 average and 54 of the Jeffs' 97 stolen bases this season. Amherst is currently hitting .319 as a team while holding opponents to a .183 showing at the plate.
  • "As the No. 5 team," commented Faulstick, "everybody's probably looking right by us. We'd like to surprise them. We're not just happy to be alive, because we know we can play with these people. We just have to prove it, and if we play well, we will win."
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