ANAHEIM, CA — Sophomore Mary Beth Daub hurled five shut out innings Friday while her teammates backed her with a 16-hit attack that produced a 12-0 five-inning, mercy-rule victory over NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury at Peralta Park.
The win improved Williams record to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference. The Ephs and Panthers will play a doubleheader Saturday at Pomona Pitzer College beginning at 12 p.m. PST.
"We wanted to come out and raise the bar high," Williams head coach Kris Herman said. "We were able to do that. We had some great at-bats today with two outs and two strikes too, and Mary Beth pitched a great game. It was just a complete team effort."
Williams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Joey Lye reached on an error and stole second base, scoring on Morgan Simpson's RBI-single. The Ephs broke open the game with a seven-run second inning that featured nine hits.
Emily Fowler-Cornfeld opened the inning with a single, and after an out, the Ephs put together six consecutive base knocks, the capper coming from Simpson, who launched a three-run home run to left field.
Simpson finished her day 3 for 3 with four RBI ad two runs scored. Fowler-Cornfeld also went 3 for 3 with an RBI ad run scored. Senior Becky Sansone went 2 for 3 with three RBI, including a two-run double in a three-run fifth inning. Jess Cross was 2 for 3 with a run scored, and Lye went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.
Daub allowed just three hits over her five innings of work, walking one and striking out seven Middlebury batters.