TROY, N.Y. – Lexi Curt set the all-time home run record at Williams Thursday in grand stye as her grand slam in the nightcap help propel the Williams College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Thursday afternoon at Doris Robison Field.
With wins of 4-3 and 14-2, the Ephs improve to 16-9 overall, while the Engineers drop to 14-6.
Williams sophomore Jessica Kim had six hits out of the leadoff spot to lead the Ephs. Kim went 3 for 4 with a home run and two runs scored in Game 1. Freshman Riley Salvo got the scoring started in the top of the first, when she singled home Kim for a 1-0 lead.
RPI junior Chelsea Elliott knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second, when she launched her second home run of the season.
The Ephs took the lead for good in the top of the third, as Kim homered for a 2-1 advantage. An RBI-groundout and a run-scoring single by freshman pitcher Rebecca Duncan made it 4-1 after four innings.
Rensselaer mounted a rally in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on three hits. An opposite field base hit from Elliot plated senior Courtney McArthur, before Lilian Kolehmainen drove in a run with a single up the middle to pull within 4-3.
But Duncan was able to retire the Engineers in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the one-run victory. She finished with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
Williams had nine hits in the victory. Brenna Martinez was 3 for 3 with a run scored. Salvo was 2 for 4 with an RBI
In the nightcap, the Ephs jumped out to a big early lead, scoring eight runs in the second and five in the third. Casey Pelz and Ashley Wirth had RBI-singles to start the uprising in the second. Junior Curt highlighted the outburst with a grand slam over the fence in left. Three batters later, Duncan crushed a two-run homer to make it 8-0.
The grand slam was Curt's 20th home run as an Eph and broke a tie with Katelyn Knox '07 for the all-time mark at the school.
In the Williams third, singles by Martinez and With preceded an RBI-single by Alison Michalik. With the bases loaded, Curt drew a bases-loaded walk. Murphy also drew a walk to force in a run. An error and Martinez's second single of the inning made it 13-0.
Martinez capped the scoring with an RBI-double down the line in left in the fifth.
Sophomore Mackenzie Murphy earned the complete game win, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. RPI junior Sarah Harms worked the final 3.1 innings in relief, allowing seven runs (6 earned) on 11 hits. She struck out four and walked two.
Williams had 17 hits in the game two victory. Martinez was 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Wirth was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kim was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Duncan was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Curt was 1 for 2 with five RBI and two runs scored.