Williamstown, Mass. - Julia Turner's (Kirkland, Wash.) sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted Amherst College past the Trinity College Bantams, 4-3, in game three of the 2016 New England Small College Athletic Confernece (NESCAC) Softball Championship Tournament.Trinity was eliminated with the loss and falls to 18-14 overall while Amherst improves to 24-11 and will await the outcome of the 1:25 p.m. Williams-Tufts game to see which team it will face in a second elimination game today.
Amherst had built a 3-0 lead through the first 4 1/2 innings. In the first, Sammy Salustri (Pleasanton, Calif.) doubled with one out and later scored on a Trinity throwing error with two outs. In the Amherst third, Taylor Summers (Upper Saddle Rivers, N.J.) reached on a two-out fielder's choice, stole second and scored when Nicolette Miranda (Mendham, N.J.) laced a double to left center. In the Amherst fifth, a double steal saw Summers score the third run.
Trinity rallied in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three. With one out, sophomore Katharine Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) singled down the left field line, followed by a walk from sophomore Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.). Senior Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) followed with a deep blast to center for a three-run homer.
In the top of the sixth, Amherst put runners on first and second with one out when Alena Marovitz (Northbrook, Ill.) sent a rocket to deep right that seemed ticketed for an extra-base hit or possibly but Trinity right fielder Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) made a leaping grab, crashing into the fence but holding on to keep the Purple & White off the scoreboard.
In the Trinity sixth, the Bantams had runners on first and third with one out, but Amherst hurler Lauren Tuiskula (Leicester, Mass.) retired the side to keep the game tied at three.
Bailey Plaman (Bloomington, Minn.) got the winning rally started for Amherst in the top of the seventh when her one-out fly ball to left dropped in, allowing her to reach second. A wild pitch moved her to third before Brianna Cook (Far Hills, N.J.) walked and took second during a rundown. Turner then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to score Plaman with the go-ahead run.
Trinity sophomore Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) went 2-for-3 on the afternoon while McQuaid drove in all three Bantam runs with her homerun. Tuiskula earned the win for Amherst in the circle after starting pitcher Lorena Ukanwa (Morgan Hill, Calif.) went five innings with five strikeouts and just one walk. Trinity sophomore pitcher Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) was handed the loss for the Bantams despite not allowing an earned run in 4.1 innings of work.