SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Williams College softball team used some late-inning timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader from Skidmore College Tuesday, taking the opener 6-2 and the second game, 8-1.
The Ephs improve to 17-16 overall with the sweep. They next play Friday at Hamilton in the opener of a three-game set with the Continentals. Skidmore fell to 13-21.
In the opener Tuesday, Emma Harrington (11-5) threw four shutout innings and received plenty of support from her teammates. First year Lindsey Precht gave Williams a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when she launched a solo home run to center field.
It was a 2-1 Williams lead entering the top of the seventh when the Ephs exploded for four runs. With two outs and no one on, Ali Hart singled and stole second. She scored on an error that allowed Mo Frank to reach. A bunt single by Theresa Legan put runners on the corners for Ally Ensor, who scored both Frank and Legan with a two-run double to right-center field. Ensor scored on a second Skidmore error.
Hart finished 2 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base. Legan and Ensor were both 2 for 4 in the win. Kaitlin Dinet tossed the last three frames, allowing three hits and two runs while walking one and fanning three.
The nightcap was deadlocked 1-1 through four frames as Eph junior Megan Casey and Skidmore pitcher Abby Fuhman matched each others efforts from the circle. Hart led off the Williams fifth with a single — she would go 5 for 7 on the day — and would move to second when Mo Frank reached on a fielder's choice. After an out moved the runners up. Ali Graebner walked to load the bases. Zoe Dillon-Davidson have Williams the lead for good when she singled through the left side of the infield, scoring Hart.
The Ephs broke open the game with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The highlight of the sixth inning came when Ensor ripped a two-run triple to center field, then scored when Graebner doubled to left.
Skidmore loaded the bases with one out in its half of the frame, but Casey wriggled out of trouble when Frank threw a runner out at home for the second out and stepped on third for a force play that ended the threat.
In the Williams' seventh, Merrilee Weston doubled and scored on a wild pitch, Legan scored on another wild pitch and Graebner had a sacrifice fly. Hart was 3 for 5 with three runs scored, Ensor was 2 for 5 with two RBI, Graebner 1 for 2 with two RBI, Dillon-Davidson 2 for 3 with an RBI and Legan 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Casey earned the win, going all seven frames and giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out four.