ORANGE. CA — The Williams College softball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, taking a well-played game from Chapman university, 2-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.
Eph sophomore hurler Emma Harrington had a second straight fine outing, holding the hosts to just three hits over seven innings while walking just one and striking out seven. Harrington and Chapman hurler Cassie Oregel were locked in a scoreless duel until the top of the sixth when the Ephs broke through with two runs.
First-year Kacey Cramer got things rolling when she led off with a triple to right field. Theresa Legan followed with a bunt single that scored Cramer with the game's first run. Legan stole second and, after the first out, raced home when Ally Ensor lined an RBI-single to left field.
Stephanie Engle led off the bottom of the seventh with a single for Chapman, but Legan got the momentum back on the Williams side with a diving stop of Kerry Peterson's grounder, tossing her out at first. Harrington retired the next two hitters to end the contest.
Williams had nine hits in the victory. Legan was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Cramer was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Melissa Candejas, Ensor, Ali Graebner, Merrilee Weston and Amanda Correnti each went 1 for 3.
Williams fell in the nightcap, 3-1. The Ephs are 1-3 heading into a doubleheader at Pomona Pitzer Thursday. Chapman moved to 18-4 with the split.
Williams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning of the second game. Cramer led off with a single and, after an out, stole second. With two outs, Lindsay Precht's grounder to short was thrown away allowing Cramer to score.
Chapman tied it up in its half of the fourth thanks to a wild pitch with two outs. In the fifth, a two-out triple by lead-off batter Jenny Richards scored the go-ahead run. Chapman added an insurance run in the sixth to claim the 3-1 victory.
Senior Kaitlin Dinet was the tough-luck loser. She allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned and did not walk a batter while striking out one over six innings. Chapman starter Natalie Both allowed just three hits over seven innings and also did not walk a batter.
Cramer, Legan and Ensor had the Williams hits.