Amherst edges Trinity 4-3 in NESCAC Tournament elimination game

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Julia Turner's sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted Amherst College past Trinity, 4-3, in game three of the 2016 NESCAC Tournament. 

Trinity was eliminated with the loss. The Bantams finished the season with an 18-14 record. Amherst improved 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 another elimination game today, likely around 4:15 p.m.

Bailey Plaman got the winning rally started when her one-out fly to left was dropped for an error and she reached second. A wild pitch allowed her to move to third before Brianna Cook walked and took second during a rundown. Turner then drilled a liner to center that was deep enough to score Plaman with the go-ahead run. 

Amherst had built a 3-0 lead through the first 4 1/2 innings. In the first, Sammy Salustri doubled with one out and scored on a two-out throwing error. In the Amherst third, Taylor Summers reached on a two-out fielder's choice, stole second and scored when Nicolette Miranda laced a double to left center. In the Amherst fifth, a double steal saw Summers score the third run.

Trinity rallied in its half of the fifth, tying the game at three. With one out, Katharine Haghdan singled down the lf line. Michelle Treglia then walked and Elizabeth McQuaid 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 sent a rocket to deep right that seemed ticketed for an extra-base hit or possibly a home run. But Trinity right fielder Erica Merullo made a leaping grab, crashing into the fence but holding on. 

In the Trinity sixth, the Bantams had runners on first and third with one out, but Amherst hurler Lauren Tuiskula fanned the next batters to escape the threat and set up the fateful top of the seventh. 

Amherst had 11 hits. Summers and Salustri were each 2 for 4. Trinity finished with six hits. Meaghan Race was 2 for 3. Tuiskula earned the win, tossing two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.