WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- For the second consecutive day, Middlebury's Lizzie Morris and Emma Harrington of Williams engaged in a classic pitcher's duel that lasted until the final batter, and for the second day in a row Morris emerged the victor as the Panthers posted a 1-0 win over the Ephs Saturday morning at Cole Field.
Middlebury improved to 18-10 overall, 8-1 in the NESCAC West Division, while Williams slipped to 15-16 overall, 4-5 in divisional play. The Ephs are back in action Tuesday for a doubleheader at Skidmore beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The game's lone run came in the top of the fourth when the Panthers worked some two-out magic. With no one on and two outs, Alyson Downing grounded a single up the middle. Kimber Sable followed with a long drive to right that one-hopped the fence and allowed Downing to score all the way from first with an RBI-double.
Williams had its chances, stranded nine runners over seven innings. The Ephs had a runner on second with one out in the second and runners on first and second and one out in the third, but Morris escaped each time.
Williams loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but again Morris escaped, getting a pop up to end the frame. The Ephs put runners on first and second with one out in the fifth, but a fielder's choice and pop up ended the threat.
In the Williams sixth, Merrilee Weston singled with one out, but Morris retired the final five batters she faced to close out the victory. She improved to 6-1 on the season, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out two.
Harrington took the loss, giving up just five hits while walking three and striking out nine. She fell to 10-5 on the season.
Sable was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI for Middlebury. Lindsey Precht was 1 for 2 with a walk for the Ephs.