Thursday’s colleges: Amherst softball one win away from Division III national championship field

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Amherst College softball team is one win away from advancing to the NCAA Division III championship field.

The Mammoths held off No. 18 Ramapo, 4-3, in Game 1 of their best-of-three Super Regional series in Amherst Thursday.

Ally Kido’s RBI grounder in the bottom of the sixth gave Amherst a two-run lead that held up.

The Mammoths (32-10) and Roadrunners (32-10) meet at 1 p.m. in Game 2 Friday in Amherst. The Mammoths will be the visiting team.

Lauren Tuiskula was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Sammy Salustri had two hits and an RBI in the win.

Gina Pagan struck out nine and allowed seven hits over six innings as she improved to 21-4 for Amherst.

Lorena Ukanwa earned her third save with an inning of relief.


UMass 7, Davidson 6; Davidson 7, UMass 5 — Late-inning fireworks were the difference in both games of the doubleheader at Earl Lorden Field.

In Game 1, the Minutemen scored four runs in the eighth to take a 7-3 lead. The Wildcats scored three in the ninth to make it interesting.

In Game 2, UMass led 5-0 until Davidson scored seven runs on four homers in the ninth for the comeback.

Cooper Mrowka was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored in Game 1 for UMass. Nolan Kessinger (RBI), Jon Avallone and Eddy Hart each had two hits as well.

Justin Lasko struck out eight, walked three and allowed six hits and three earned runs over seven innings for the no decision.

In Game 2, Alex Norton was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in the second inning, while Mrowka added a solo homer in the sixth.

Davidson hit eight homers in the doubleheader.