MIDDLETOWN, CT. — Whatever troubles ailed the bats of the Williams College softball team on its excursion west stayed on the left coast as the Ephs demonstrated Sunday by pounding out 32 hits and scoring 22 runs in a critical NESCAC West sweep of Little 3 rival Wesleyan, 10-1 and 12-7.
The sweep gives Williams a 9-9 record overall and they start 2-0 in the NESCAC West. The Ephs are scheduled to open their 2017 home schedule Wednesday against Skidmore beginning at 3:30 p.m.
"Wins are good, but we have work to do yet," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "We need to learn how to shut the door and need to get hits in all situations."
After a 10-1, six-inning, mercy-rule shortend affair in the first game, the Ephs bats did not slow down in the nightcap as they exploded for five runs in the top of the second. Rebecca Duncan got things started with a double to left. Beck singled to right, scoring Duncan, and advanced to second on an error. Alejandra Magana singled and Riley Salvo reached on an error that loaded the bases.
Senior Ashley With came through with a two-run single to left that made it 3-0. Jessica Kim was walked to re-load the bases. With two outs, Mackenzie Murphy ripped a hard shot to third which was misplayed, allowing two more Ephs to score.
Wesleyan got a single run back in the bottom of the fourth, but the Ephs answered quicly, scoring twice in the top of the fifth on Salvo's two-run double that scored Duncan and Beck, who had back-to-back singles to open the frame.
Leading 7-2, the Ephs added four more runs in the top of the sixth. Magana cleared the bases with a three-run, bases-loaded double and then scored on a Salvo single. Beck added an RBI-single in the top of the seventh to make it 12-4.
Murphy went the distance for the Ephs, allowing 14 hits and seven runs, all earned, over her seven innings. She walked one and struck out five.
Beck finished 3 for 3 wth two RBI and three runs scored. Duncan was 3 for 5 with two runs scored. Salvo was 2 for 4 with three RBI and one run scored. Wirth was 2 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored. Magana was 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
In the opener, Wesleyan took an early 1-0 lead on a Jamie Hom groundout in the first. But the Ephs scored twice in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth to build a 6-1 lead. In the second, Beck doubled and Allison Michalik singled to right. Kim followed with a two-run double to give Williams the lead.
In the third, Magana single, Beck walked and a Brenna Martinez groundout advanced the runners to second and third. An error at third allowed Michalik to reach and a run to score. Curt then line a two-run double to left.
Curt added another two-run double in the sixth inning. Murphy had an RBI-single to score Curt and Duncan scored Murphy with an RBI-double to make it 10-1.
Curt was 4 for 5 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Kim was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and one run scored. Magana was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Beck was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Michalik was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Duncan earned the win, allowing only four hits and one run, unearned, while walking one and striking out eight.