SPRINGFIELD, MA. —The Williams College softball team pushed its win streak to six games Thursday, then saw it snapped in the second game of a doubleheader with Western New England University.
The Ephs won the opener Thursday, 15-0, but fell in the nightcap, 7-5. Williams is 12-12 overall heading into a Sunday doubleheader at Keene State. First pitch is at 12 p.m.
In the opener, the first 10 Williams batters reached base and the Ephs went on to put a 9-spot up on the board in the top of the first en route to a 15-0, 5-inning, mercy-rule win. The top three hitters in the Williams line-up — Ali Hart, Mo Frank and Ally Ensor — went a combined 7 for 9 with 7 RBI and 6 runs scored.
Hart started the game with a walk and stole second before scoring when Frank's sacrifice bunt was thrown away. An Ensor RBI-single scored Frank to make it 2-0. After Ensor stole second, Ali Garebner was hit by a pitch. Lindsay Precht walked to load the bases and Merrilee Weston ripped a two-run single to center. Amanda Correnti kept things going with an RBI-single and after Emalie Rott walked to load the bases, Theresa Legan — who went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored — lined an RBI-single. Hart, up for the second time, also had an RBI-single. Ensor capped the nine-run outburst with her second RBI-single of the frame.
Graebner had a big, bases-clearing three-run double in the third. Hart added another RBI-single in a three-run fourth. Frank had an RBI-double and Ensor ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Emma Harrington cruised through five frames, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six while improving to 8-3 on the season.
The nightcap was a back-and-forth affair that was decided until the final frame. The Ephs trailed early but took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when Kaitlin Dinet led off with a double to left and scored when Weston rocked a two-run home run over the fence in left.
It was 2-2 in the top of the third when Ensor untied things in a hurry with a solo blast that cleared the fence in right center for a 3-2 advantage. The Golden Bears rallied again, scoring twice off Rott in the third to take a 4-3 lead.
Williams answered in its half of the fourth when Precht walked and scored when Hart launched a two-out, two-run home run to center field that made it 5-4. But WNE came back again in its half when starting pitcher Sarah Lempicki homered off Dinet, who relieved Rott in the fourth.
The game ended dramatically in the bottom of the seventh when Lempicki — who had set the Ephs down in order in the top of the seventh — singled and cruised home when senior captain Rachel Wyrwa blasted a two-run home run to right center.
Dinet took the loss, allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Hart was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Ensor was also 2 for 4 with an RBI.