WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Stymied by Thomas hurler Sydney LeBourveau for four innings, the Williams College softball team erupted for six runs in a the bottom of the fifth and went on to quiet the Terriers, 6-2, in the second game of the 2017 NCAA Div. III Tournament's Williamstown (MA) Regional at Williams.
The Ephs (32-10) will take on the College of Staten Island (35-7) in the winner's game at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Terriers will face RPI in an elimination game tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Williams first year Rebecca Duncan ignited the Ephs' fifth-inning outburst with a solo home run to left center field that halved the Ephs deficit. After a single from Margo Beck, Riley Salvo hit a ground ball to third base. An errant throw to second base sailed into the outfield and allowed Brenna Martinez, who reached on a fielder's choice, to come around and score the tying run.
The Ephs continued to pour it on as Kristina Alvarado plated two more runs on a single to left field to take a 4-2 lead. Jessica Kim followed up with a two-run blast to left field that made it a 6-2 game.
Duncan was also big from the circle, coming into the game with Terriers on first and second after singles by Korrie Laren and Stephanie LeBourveau. After a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, Kayla Bess grounded out to second base to score Laren. But Duncan got out of the inning with just the one run and ended up going four full innings and allowing just one hit while walking no one and striking out three. She improved to 14-4 on the season with the win.
The Terriers opened the scoring in the top of the first as Lexi Colpack led off with a walk. Colpack was immediately moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Courtney Veilleux. LeBourveau ripped a double to left center to plate Colpack for a 1-0 lead.
Brooke Bovier threw the first three innings for Williams, allowing two runs on three hits. LeBourveau shouldered the loss for Thomas after throwing five innings, allowing seven hits and six runs (five earned). Haley Littlefield threw the final inning with no runs allowed.
Kim was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored. Eph senior Ali Michalik was also 2 for 3 and scored a run in the win. LeBourveau was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Terriers.