Last spring, Paul George, unhappy with his team’s subpar playoff performances, informed the Indiana Pacers he wished to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when his contract expired.

Rather than lose their superstar wing (then a four-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA Third Team, one-time All-Defensive First Team, two-time All-Defensive Second Team, one-time Most Improved Player and one-time All-Rookie Second Team) for nothing, the Pacers opted to make a trade.

Although inclement weather created some difficulties, the Amherst baseball team ended up going 2-1 last week, claiming a series win over archrival Williams.

Before the series against the Ephs, the Mammoths were supposed to take on Mitchell College in a mid-week, non-conference game on Wednesday, April 4.

However, snow flurries kept the two teams from ever taking the field.

This past weekend, Amherst softball played its first home series of the year, taking on NESCAC rival Middlebury.

In the first game, Amherst jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, thanks to a big first inning from the offense.

Middlebury battled back, scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to cut the lead to 5-4.

The Mammoths, however, tacked on some insurance runs, with three in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of the sixth to secure a 9-4 victory.

Amherst softball kicked off last week’s action with a Wednesday double-header at Worcester Polytech Institute (WPI).

In the first game, WPI got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. WPI continued to swing the bat well, extending its lead to 7-0 in the fourth.

Amherst showed some resiliency late in the game, tacking on a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to cut the deficit to four runs. However, it was not enough to top WPI’s early lead, and the Engineers left the diamond with a 7-3 win.

Carrying over momentum from a successful California tour during spring break, the Amherst’s women tennis team breezed past No. 17 Skidmore College to pick up a comfortable 7-2 victory in Wilton, New York.

On Saturday afternoon the No. 8 Mammoths took to the courts against a confident Skidmore side that entered the match with an impressive 9-2 record.

On the first doubles court, the tandem of Avery Wagman ’18 and Anya Ivenitsky ’20 battled hard but eventually lost to Skidmore’s Michelle Fuca and Risa Fukushige, who emerged with the 9-7 victory.

The Mammoths kicked off the outdoor track and field season at the Tufts Snowflake Classic, in preparation for the NESCAC Championships to be held during the last weekend of April. Several members of the 4x400 and distance medley relays that qualified for indoor nationals did not compete, choosing to prepare for a long outdoor season.

After a week off following an impressive spring break trip, the men’s tennis team headed down to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania to face off against No. 20 Case Western Reserve University and No. 19 Kenyon College.

In what was a very successful weekend, the Mammoths took both matches in dominant fashion.

Amherst’s first matchup was Saturday against Case Western, a contest in which the Mammoths showed consistency from start to finish.