WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College rallied for eight runs in the top of the sixth inning Saturday en route to an 8-4 elimination game victory over Tufts University in the 2010 NESCAC Tournament.
The Ephs (17-20-1) will face the loser of Wesleyan-Bowdoin match-up scheduled for later Saturday tomorrow morning at 9 in another elimination contest. Tufts finished its season at 22-13.
Tufts scored one run in the first and three in the third to build a 4-0 lead. Jumbos’ starter Izzy Santone had a three-hit shutout going into the top of the sixth when Allison Hart led off the frame by beating out an infield hit to second.
After a 25-minute lightning delay, the Ephs came out hitting. Merrilee Weston singled up the middle and Cedar Blazek singled to right to load the bases. Mary Beth Daub’s groundout scored Hart with the Ephs first run. Caitlyn Cain drew a walk from Santone to re-load the bases. Amanda Correnti then grounded a slow roller to the edge of the infield grass that scored a run to make it 4-2. Carly Ameen then lined a single to right for an RBI-single that made it 4-3.
Santone got Oriana Mcgee to hit into a forceout on Cain at the plate for the second out. But Emily Levy then lined a one-hop shot toward right field. Tufts second baseman Emily Beinecke made a great diving attempt on the ball, but it glanced off her glove and into right for a two-run single and a 5-4 Williams lead.
Hart came up again and slapped a hit to the left side that went for a single, scoring Ameen. Weston then capped the uprising with a shot into the right-center field gap that made it 8-4 and drove Santone from the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Jumbos put together a rally against Eph starter Megan Casey. Stefanie Tong led off and reached on an error. Julia Silberman was hit by a pitch and Bri Cilley singled up the middle to load the bases with no outs.
Casey settled down, striking out a pinch-hitter, getting Lizzy Luppa on a pop out to third and then retiring Mira Lieman-Sifry on a grounder to third that resulted in an inning-ending forceout at third.
Beinecke went 2 for 4 with two RBI for Tufts and Tong had two RBI. Santone took the loss, allowing 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out two.
For the Ephs, Casey picked up the win, going seven full frames and giving up six hits while walking three and striking out three. Ameen was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and both Hart and Weston finished 2 for 4.