WATERVILLE, Maine - Bowdoin, Williams and Amherst advanced to the final day of the 2017 NESCAC Softball Championship after a busy day of action on the turf softball field at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Amherst earned a 9-0 decision over Bowdoin in the opening game Saturday, but the Polar Bears bounced back in the afternoon to eliminate Trinity, 9-3. In the third game of the day Williams pulled away from Amherst for an 8-2 victory to remain the lone unbeaten (2-0) in tournament play.
Action will continue beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday in Brunswick. The complete schedule is listed below.
Amherst 9, Bowdoin 0
In a game that was suspended after two innings on Friday due to rain, Amherst came out swinging to finish off their opening-round match against Bowdoin, 9-0, in six innings. The Mammoths advanced to the winner's bracket and improved to 27-8 while the Polar Bears fell to 27-9 overall.
- Amherst got on the board with a two-out run-scoring single by Annie Murphy, scoring Kyra Naftel.
- The Mammoths put the contest out of reach with four runs in both the fifth and sixth frames, with back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Kate Kopatic and Alena Marovitz blowing the game open in the fifth inning.
- Naftel, Marovitz and Andrea Sanders each had two hits for the Amherst offense while Gina Pagan picked up the win, allowing just two hits over six innings and striking out three.
- Allie Rutz and Claire McCarthy had the lone hits for Bowdoin - both coming in Friday's portion of the game while Katie Hoadley took the loss with 4.2 innings of work, allowing four earned runs.
Bowdoin 9, Trinity 3
The Polar Bears' offense bounced back in a big way in their second game of the day, scoring seven unanswered runs to open the game en route to a 9-3 victory against the Bantams. Bowdoin improved to 28-9 with the victory while the Bantams end their year with a record of 19-15.
- Bowdoin got things going with four runs in the second inning as they loaded the bases with one out.
- Jordan Gowdy singled to give Bowdoin the lead and then Ali Miller ripped a bases-clearing triple to right, scoring three runs to give the Polar Bears a 4-0 edge.
- The Polar Bears added to their lead with an Allie Rutz run-scoring double in the third and a two-run triple by Marisa O'Toole in the fourth to make it 7-0.
- A two-run single by Nicole Towner in the fifth trimmed Bowdoin's lead to 7-2, but a two-run homer by Bowdoin's Claire McCarthy put the game out of reach in the seventh.
- Rutz finished 3-4 to lead the Bowdoin attack while Emily Griffin earned the win with a complete game effort, allowing three earned runs and striking out six.
- Towner went 2-3 for the Bantams while Lindsay Golia took the loss, allowing four runs in 1.2 innings of work for the Bantams.
Williams 8, Amherst 2
The Ephs remained unbeaten in tournament play and entered Sunday's final day in the driver's seat thanks to an 8-2 win over the Mammoths in the last game of Saturday at Colby. Williams improves to 30-10 on the year while Amherst falls to 27-9.
- Williams broke open a close game with a five-run fifth to take the eventual win.
- The Ephs scored single runs in each of the first three frames on RBI singles by Mackenzie Murphy and Kristina Alvarado in the first two innings and a solo homer by Murphy in the third.
- Amherst clawed back into the contest with a pair of runs in the third thanks to a run-scoring single by Sammy Salustri and a sacrifice fly from Kate Kopatic, cutting the lead to 3-2.
- Williams squashed all thoughts of a comeback with a five-run explosion in the top of the fifth inning, keyed by a pair of RBI doubles from Lexi Curt and Breanna Martinez.
- Brooke Bovier picked up the win in the circle for Williams, tossing a complete game, permitting just one earned run with three strikeouts. Murphy, Curt and Jessica Kim each had two hits for the Ephs.
- Lorena Ukanwa was tagged with the loss for Amherst, allowing five earned runs over four innings of work. Kyra Naftel led Amherst with two hits on the day.
- Bowdoin and Amherst will play an elimination game at Pickard Field in Brunswick beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
- The winner of that game will have to beat Williams twice for the title, with the Ephs needing just one victory. Games six and seven (if needed) are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
- Complete coverage will be available via live stats and webcast on the Northeast Sports Network.