WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams sophomore Mackenzie Murphy's second home run of the game came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and gave her team an improbable 11-10 win over visting Hamilton Saturday.
Williams had trailed 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth before beginning an incredible comeback. The Ephs improved to 12-9 overall and 4-0 in the NESCAC West, while the Continentals fell to 8-14 overall, 0-4 in divisional play.
The two teams face one another again Sunday in a doubleheader beginning at noon back at Cole Field.
The Ephs trailed 9-8 entering the bottom of the seventh, but first year Rebecca Duncan hit a lead-off, game-tying home run to center field on an 0-2 pitch. However, the Continentals would regain the lead in the top of the eighth when Becca Butler hit a long-double off the fence in left-center field.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Eph sophomore Jessica Kim hit a two-strike pitch to center for a game-tying home run. After an out, Murphy — who had ignited the Ephs' five-run bottom of the sixth with a lead-off dinger — touched Hamilton hurler Desmen DePaulis for another long ball, this one to the opposite field, that ended the game.
Each team had 11 hits in the game. Caitlin Berreitter led Hamilton by going 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Ashleah Yzaguirre was also 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kendall Searcy had a two-run home run in the third inning that gave the visitors a 5-2 lead.
Four players had two hits for Williams. Casey Pelz was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kim was 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Duncan was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Murphy was 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Five of the Ephs' 11 hits were home runs.
Already leading 5-2, Hamilton scored four times in the top of the fifth to build a 9-2 lead. Ursula Castiblan had an RBI-single, Emily Fraser knocked an RBI-double to right center and Berreitter capped the inning with a two-run homer to left.
The Ephs comeback began in the bottom of the frame when Pelz singled and advanced to third on a one-out double to ight by Kristina Alvarado. Kim scored Pelz with a groundout to short.
In the sixth, Murphy led off with a moon shot to left that made it 9-4. Duncan followed with a ringing double, Margo Beck lined a single to left, and Alejandra Magana drew a walk that loaded the bases with no outs.
Bases-loaded walks to Pelz and Alvarado sandwiched around a strikeout made it a 9-6 game. Kim's single made it 9-7 and Lexi Curt's groundout to second made it 9-8, although Berreitter prevented the game from being tied by making a nice diving stop on the play.
Murphy picked up the win from the circle, going the final 3 1/3 innings and allowing three hits and one run while walking no one and striking out three. DePaulis took the loss for Hamilton.