Opening their NESCAC West/Little Three series Fri., March 28 in a game originally slated for Amherst but played at Wesleyan due to poor field conditions for the home team, Amherst, batting as the home team, picked up six unearned runs in the initial two innings and kept Wesleyan at arm's length the rest of the way to claim an 8-3 win. The teams were set to conclude their series with a double-header at Wesleyan Saturday, March 29 but only the first game was completed.
On Friday, going ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st after a double down the left-field line, followed by a double steal after a walk with one out, the Lord Jeffs added five in the bottom of the 2nd for a quick 6-0 lead. A pair of infield errors by Wesleyan on swinging bunts by Amherst were the key to the runs, coupled with three Amherst hits.
Wesleyan got its first run of the game in the top of the 3rd when an Amherst misplay near second base on an infield single by Jamie Hom '17 allowed pitcher Su Pardo '16 (#6, photo) to score from second base unearned. Pardo went the distance in the circle for the Cardinals, allowing eight hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts and five walks. Wesleyan collected six hits in the game by six different players.
Amherst upped the margin to 8-1 in the bottom of the 3rd with the only earned runs off Pardo, those coming on a towering double to the base of the fence in left field for two RBI.
Wesleyan closed out the scoring in the top of the 4th on an RBI single up the middle by Annalie Walsh-Costello '17 and a bases-loaded groundout by Angelina Massoia '17.
On Saturday, Amherst made short work of the first game of the double-header, winning 13-4 in five innings. Wesleyan countered the Lord Jeffs' three-run uprising in the 1st with a pair of their own in the bottom of the frame, thanks to Jill Gately's RBI groundout and a run-scoring single from Pardo. But before Wesleyan added its final pair of runs in the 5th, Amherst racked up 10 more runs to put the game away. Gately added another RBI in the 5th along with Amanda Roosa '16.
The second game of the twin bill got off to a resounding start for the Cardinals with a two-run homer by Abby Rutt '17 in the 1st and a three-run shot by Hom in the 2nd for a 5-0 lead. Still Amherst closed to within a run at 7-6 before the wet conditions forced the game to be halted in the top of the 5th. It will be resumed at a later date.
Next up for the squad is a trip to Coast Guard Tues., April 1 for a double-header.