WATERVILLE, Me. -- Senior Brooke Bovier pitched a complete-game six-hitter Saturday and her teammates backed her with a 12-hit attack as the Williams College softball team advanced to the 2017 NESCAC Tournament championship round with an 8-2 victory over rival Amherst at Colby Field.
Williams improved to 30-10 with the victory while the Mammoths slipped to 27-9. Williams will face the winner of Sunday's morning game between Bowdoin and Amherst at 12:30 p.m.
The Ephs scored a single run in each of the first three innings Saturday to build a 3-0 lead, then scored five runs in the top of the fifth to extend a one-run lead to six.
Williams sophomore Jessica Kim opened the game with a double to center, advanced to third and scored when Mackenzie Murphy dropped down a beautiful bunt for an RBI-single and a 1-0 lead. In the second, Casey Pelz ripped a one-out double down the left-field line and scored when Kristina Alvarado grounded an RBI-single back up the middle. In the third, Murphy took Amherst starter Lorena Ukanwa deep to left field for a solo home run, her eighth of the season.
Amherst fought back with two runs on four hits in its half of the third. With two runs in and runners on first and second, a nifty defensive play by Brenna Martinez ended the inning as she fielded a slow roller near second, tagged the runner going by and threw to first for an inning-ending double play.
Williams opened up the game in its half of the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits and taking advantage of two Amherst errors. Kim opened the frame with a double to center, and Lexi Curt followed with a shot to the left-center field gap that went for an RBI-double.
Gina Pagan came on to pitch for Amherst, but after an out, Rebecca Duncan lined a single to left center to score Curt and took second on an error. Margo Beck singled Duncan to third and Martinez followed with a blast to center that went for an RBI-double and put runners on second and third. Riley Salvo scored Duncan with a sacrifice fly, and when the Mammoths made a play on Martinez at third, the ball skipped into foul territory down the left-field line, allowing another run to score.
That was more than enough for Bovier, who scattered six hits and walked only two over her seven innings while striking out three as she improved to 4-0 on the season. She got some help from Alvarado in center field, who had three putouts, including robbing Katie Kopatic of possible home run in the sixth inning.
Kim was 2 for 3 with two runs scored for the Ephs. Curt and Murphy were each 2 for 4.