OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 25) – Ally Kido’s two-run single highlighted a four-run eighth inning uprising and Amherst College held on for a thrilling 4-3 victory over Trine University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship at OGE Energy Field.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie through seven innings before the Mammoths broke through in the top of the eighth. Kate Kopatic drew a bases-loaded walk to force across the first run and Alena Marovitz added a sacrifice fly before Kido’s single to center field scored two runs to make it 4-0.
That was just enough to hold off the Thunder, who rallied with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth and ended the game with runners on second and third.
Carly Bachna’s two-run single through the left side was the key hit for Trine, who also got an RBI single from Catherine Porter. Amherst center fielder Julia Turner kept the Thunder from tying it when she made a spectacular diving catch on a drive to right-center field to save a run before reliever Lorena Ukanwa was able to get the final out to nail down the win.
Amherst improved to 34-10 and will meet the winner of the game between top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan and No. 4 Texas-Tyler in the second round at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Gina Pagan earned the pitching win for the Mammoths, improving to 23-4. Kido, Marovitz and Kyra Naftel had two hits apiece for Amherst.
Trine fell to 37-9 and will face the Virginia Wesleyan/Texas-Tyler loser at 11 a.m. Friday.