Softball Wins Game One Against Amherst 3-1, but Fall in 10 Innings, 9-7 in Game Two

Photo by Rebecca Goldfarb '19
Photo by Rebecca Goldfarb '19
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Wesleyan University softball team wrapped up their 2016 campaign against Little Three and NESCAC rival Amherst College on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader. The Cardinals came out with a 3-1 victory in game one, but fell to the Purple and White 9-7 in 10 innings in game two.

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 21-14, 5-7 NESCAC West
Amherst: 23-9, 7-4 NESCAC West

GAME ONE

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Su Pardo '16 got the Cardinals on the board in the bottom of the second as her RBI double scored Amanda Roosa '16 from first.
  • Amherst would tie the game at one in the top of the third on a Kyra Naftel sacrifice fly.
  • The two teams would remain tied until the bottom of the sixth when Wesleyan would score two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Rachel Kantor '19 doubled home Roosa from first and Annalie Walsh-Costello '16 followed with an RBI single to score Kantor.
  • Julie McDonald '18, who was excellent in the circle, would retire the Purple and White in the top of the seventh to seal the 3-1 victory for the Cardinals.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • McDonald earned her ninth win on the year with her impressive performance.  Her ninth complete game on the year saw her allow just one run and four hits. She surrendered no walks on the afternoon.
  • Angelina Massoia '16 had a three hit day from the leadoff spot, going 3-4 in the game.
  • Roosa and Kantor both had two hit games for the Cardinals.
  • For Amherst, Taylor Summers went 2-3 with a stolen base and run scored.
  • Jackie Buechler took the loss for Amherst, going six innings while allowing three runs on 10 hits. She struck out five and surrendered no walks in the game.

GAME TWO

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Rielly Wieners '17 got Wesleyan on the board first in the first inning with a RBI double to centerfield which scored Massoia from first.
  • Amherst responded with three runs in the top of the second inning. Nicolette Miranda had an RBI triple which was followed by RBIs from Annie Murphy and Summers.
  • Wieners brought the Cardinals back to within on in the bottom of the third as her sacrifice fly scored Massoia.
  • The Purple and White put up another three spot in the top of the fourth inning. RBI doubles from Miranda and Murphy and an RBI single from Summer would give the visitors a 6-2 advantage.
  • The Cardinals began their comeback in the bottom of the sixth as they cut the Amherst lead down to one. Pardo and Walsh-Costello each hit RBI doubles in the inning, and Kantor had an RBI as well.
  • Pardo would tie the game at 6 all in the bottom of the seventh with her RBI single to center, and the teams would head to extras tied at 6.
  • The teams played scoreless 8th and 9th innings.
  • In the top of the 10th Amherst would score three runs to give them a 9-6 advantage. Alena Marovitz started the scoring with an RBI double to rightfield. Sara Buck would hit a sacrifice fly and Lauren Tuiskula would single home another run for the Purple and White.
  • Kantor would double home a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Cardinals' rally would fall short as Amherst would go onto win, 9-7

BY THE NUMBERS

  • McDonald, Wieners and Pardo each notched two hits a piece for the Cardinals.
  • Wieners, Pardo and Kantor each had two RBIs in the game.
  •  Viveka Cousins '19 pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Cardinals, while McDonald pitched four innings in relief after pitching a complete game in the first game.
  • Marovitz went 3-5 for Amherst, while Tuiskula, Miranda and Julia Turner each registered two hits apiece in the game.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE  

  • Prior to the start of today's game, head coach Jen Lane and her staff honored their five-member senior class: Annalie Walsh-Costello, Mollie Grunat, Angelina Massoia, Su Pardo and Amanda Roosa.
  • Pardo graduates as the Wesleyan career leader in numerous categories including: strikeouts, career shutouts, shutouts in a season and best winning percentage in a season. She also won the 2013 NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
  • The seniors were a part of a historical 2013 season, which saw them tie the team record for wins in a season (24).

UP NEXT

  • The game marked the regular-season finale for both teams.
  • The Cardinals finish their year with a 21-13 overall record, which ranks tied for second in program history for total wins.