KEENE, N.H. — The Williams College softball team wrapped up a busy week Sunday by splitting a doubleheader with New England rival Keene State.
The Ephs moved to 13-13 on the season with the split, while the host Owls are now 15-5. Williams will host RPI for a twinbill Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
"We're getting better every day," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said.
The Ephs took Sunday's opener at Keene, 5-1, behind the excellent pitching of Emma Harrington, who scattered six hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out 10 Owl hitters. She improved to 9-3 on the season.
The Ephs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Ali Hart walked and was sacrificed to second by Mo Frank. Ally Ensor then drew a walk and Ali Graebner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hart scored on a wild pitch for the first run, and Ensor scampered home on a passed ball for the 2-0 lead.
Keene cut the deficit in half in its half of the third, but Williams answered on Hart's RBI-single in the top of the fourth. The Ephs added two runs in the sixth. Zoe Dillon-Davidson was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a groundout. Hart scored her with a single. With two outs, Frank crushed her first collegiate home run for a 5-1 lead.
The Ephs took a 3-0 lead in the second game before the Owls rallied for the win. In the first, Hart had a bunt single, stole second and scored when Ensor launched her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot. In the third, Hart led off with a double to right center, moved to third when Frank laid down a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a double by Graebner.
Keene scored a decisive three runs after two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Back to back walks and an error plated one run that made it 3-2, and Sarah Stocklinski followed with a two-run double to right for the 4-3 lead.
Williams junior Megan Casey was the hard-luck loser, going a full six innings and giving up five hits while walking five and striking out nine. Of the four runs charged to her, only one was earned.
Hart finished 5 of 6 for the day at the plate and also walked twice. Graebner was 2 for 3 in the nightcap loss.