ORANGE, CA — The second day of the season wasn't so nice for the Williams College softball team as it dropped a doubleheader to Chapman University Monday, losing the nightcap 4-3 after falling 10-2 in a five-inning, mercy-rule shortend affair in the first game of the day.
The sweep leaves the Ephs 2-2 on the season. They will play a doubleheader at Redlands University tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. PST.
However Chapman answered right back, scoring twice in its half of the first off of Williams first-year Riley Salvo. With one out, Samantha Tong drilled a two-run homer to left that knotted the score. The Panthers took the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Tong laced a two-run single to left for a 4-2 advantage.
Chapman starter Samantha Whalen retired 10 Ephs in a row after a Lexi Curt single in the third. The Ephs final chance came in the top of the seventh. With one out, pinch-hitter Alison Michalik reached second on a throwing error. With two outs, another error put Michalik on third and Ashley With on first. A third Panther error allowed Michalik to score and Kristina Alvarado to reach with Wirth moving to second. However, Whalen wiggled out of the jam by getting Kim to ground to second, which resulted in a force play at second to end the game.
The Ephs had only three hits. Curt was 2 for 3 and Km had the home run. Salvo took the loss, going the first three innings and allowing seven hits and four runs while walking two and striking out no one. Rebecca Duncan came on and tossed three shutout innings of relief.
In the opener, Williams found itself in a 6-0 hole after three innings. The Panthers knocked out Eph starter Mackenzie Murphy after those three innings. Murphy allowed five hits and six runs, four earned, while walking one and striking out three.
The Ephs got two back in the top of the fifth when Alejandra Magana and Kim had RBI-singles. But with runners on first and second and one out, two groundouts ended the threat.
Chapman scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on a run-scoring error, two bases loaded walks and a Tong walk-off RBI-single.
The Ephs had eight hits. Curt was 2 for 3.