MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University softball team recorded 11 hits Friday night but a six-run, sixth-inning by Little Three rival Amherst College proved to be the difference as the Cardinals lost 8-5.
Wesleyan was led offensively by Marina Williams who went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI double and a run scored. With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 8-8 and 0-1 in the NESCAC. The Mammoths, who trailed 3-2 entering the sixth, improved to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in the league. Sammy Salustri went 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, and Audrey Hansen went 2-for-4 with three RBI's and a run.
- Amherst scored the first run of the game in the top of the third. With one out, Sage Innerarity hit a line-drive double to left center, then Hansen drove her in on the next at-bat with another double to the same spot. Two batters later, Salustri singled through the right side, bringing home Hansen to extend the lead to two.
- In the bottom of the fourth, back-to-back singles by Williams and Brenna Monroe, respectively, put runners on first and second with one out. Courtney Collins-Pisano then singled to center field to drive in Williams. After a bunt by Maddie Ikeda loaded the bases, a single by Olivia Gorman to the shortstop drove in a run, and a throwing error by the Mammoths brought home Collins-Pisano to give Wesleyan a 3-2 lead.
- Amherst broke the game open in the top of the sixth with six runs on seven hits and two Wesleyan errors. Salustri led off the inning with a single to left field and scored two batters later off a single from Alyson Plaman to right field. Plaman advanced to second on the play and third shortly after on a passed ball. The next batter, Kyra Naftel, drove her home with a single up the middle to give the Mammoths a 4-3 advantage. Amherst continued to pile on the runs in the inning, essentially putting the game out of reach.
- In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on first and second, Williams doubled to left center to clear the bases but was thrown out trying to reach third for the second out of the inning. The next batter grounded out as the home team's rally fell short.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Eight different Cardinals recorded a hit with Collins-Pisano, Monroe, and Williams tallying two each. In addition to Williams' two RBI's, Collins-Pisano and Gorman recorded one apiece.
- The Mammoths totaled 14 hits from seven batters. Nicole Trezza went 3-for-5 in the lead-off with one run scored. Hansen hit two doubles and Innerarity recorded one, while Naftel, Plaman, and Salustri all drove in a run. Talia Bloxham earned the win on the mound, throwing six innings while surrendering three runs.
- Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow, March 30 for a doubleheader at Amherst. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.