Ephs open NESCAC Tourney with walk-off victory

Jessica Kim '20
Jessica Kim '20

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Sophomore Jessica Kim hit a two-out RBI-triple in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to lift the Williams College softball team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Trinity in the opening game of the 2017 NESCAC Tournament. 

Williams (29-10) advances to the winner's bracket of the tournament on Saturday where they will play the winner of the Bowdoin-Amherst contest, which was halted after two innings due to quickly deteriorating field conditions. The Bantams (19-14) will play the loser of that contest in an elimination game on Saturday.

"Give credit to Trinity, they played a great game," said Ephs' head coach Kris Herman. "We're excited with the win and to keep playing. We know this is the postseason and every game is a challenge and we're excited tp step up and meet it."

Williams' game-winning rally came with two outs as Alvarado walked. Kim ripped a pitch to the gap in right center, where it skipped to the wall. Alvarado raced all the way around from first to plate the winning run.

Trinity grabbed the lead in the top of the second inning, as Meaghan Race doubled, setting up runners on second and third with none out. Victoria Baez lofted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Natalie Bruno to give the Bantams the lead.

Williams' Rebecca Duncan worked out of further trouble, and the Ephs answered in the bottom of the fifth, getting solo home runs from Breanna Martinez and Kim to take a 2-1 advantage. Martinez's home run helped the Ephs' break the school record for home runs in a single season, giving them 37. That mark was set just last year at 36. 

The Bantams replied with a solo home run from Nicole Towner to tie the game in the top of the sixth.

Trinity's best chance to take the lead in extra innings came in the top of the eighth as they put runners on second and third with two away. Duncan got a force out by Race, keeping the game tied

Duncan (13-4) earned the win in relief, tossing 7.2 innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just two hits. Rachael Smith (8-6) was tagged with the loss for Trinity, allowing two hits over four innings of relief with two strikeouts. Kim led the Williams offense by going 2-5 with two RBI's and a run scored. Natalie Bruno went 1-1 with three walks and a run scored for Trinity.

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