CLINTON, NY — Williams senior Ali Hart set four single-season school records while going 7 for 8 over two games Saturday, helping the Williams College softball team sweep a doubleheader at NESCAC West rival Hamilton College, 16-1 and 9-0.
Both games were five-inning affairs due to the eight-run mercy rule. With the sweep, the Ephs improved to 20-16 overall, 7-5 in the NESCAC's West Division. Williams has won five straight games. The Ephs will finish their 2012 season at home Monday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against MCLA.
Eph sophomore Ally Ensor also had a big day, going 7-for-7 with six RBI in the sweep, but it was Hart who stole the show. She had two RBI, four runs scored, a double and a stolen base on the day, setting single-season Williams records for hits (70), runs scored (46), doubles (14) and total bases (99) in the process.
In Saturday's opener Ensor collected four hits, including a triple and a double, and drove in three runs. Merrilee Weston doubled twice, finished with four hits and drove in four runs. Hart was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Ali Graebner singled twice and drove in three runs, and Kaitlin Dinet and Theresa Legan each added a double. Starting pitcher Emma Harrington scattered six hits and allowed one run in five innings. Harrington did not issue a walk and struck out three batters.
Ashley Perritt led Hamilton's offense with a pair of hits, including a double, and scored a run.
The Ephs sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. Hart and Mo Frank hit back-to-back singles to lead off and Ensor followed with a single that scored Hart. Graebner singled home Frank and Ensor scored on a fielder's choice. One batter later, Weston's double to left scored Zoe Dillon-Davidson and Graebner. Emalie Rott singled to second base to bring home Dinet, and Hart capped the inning with a single that plated Legan.
Hamilton (9-23, 0-12) got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. Perritt doubled to center to lead off and later scored on St. Jarre's single up the middle.
Williams batted around and tacked on five runs in the top of the second inning. Ensor doubled and scored on a single by Graebner, and Hart capped the inning with a double that brought home Rott .The Ephs added one run in the third inning and three in the fourth for the final margin.
In the nightcap, Ensor had three singles and drove in three runs. Hart went 3-for-4 to raise her batting average to .543. Frank had three hits and drove in two runs, and Weston added two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Dinet started in the circle and allowed just two infield hits in five innings of work. She did not issue a walk and struck out two batters.
Perritt and Rougeux had the two hits for the Continentals, and Rougeux extended her hit streak to eight games. .
The Ephs scored all nine of their runs in the first three innings. With one out in the top of the first inning, Frank and Ensor hit back-to-back singles and advanced on a groundout. Frank scored on a wild pitch and Ensor came home on Weston's single to left. A dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Williams to score two more unearned runs.
Frank and Ensor added RBI singles in the top of the second inning to stretch the Ephs' lead to 6-0. Frank hit another RBI single in the top of the third inning and Ensor smacked a two-run double later in the frame for the final margin.