COSTA MESA, CA — It was a good news, bad news kind of day for the Williams College softball team when it opened its season at Vanguard University Monday.
The Ephs dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Vanguard, losing 4-0 in the opener and 7-2 in the nightcap. They are back at it Tuesday with a twinbill at Chapman, scheduled for 4 and 6 p.m. PST.
In Monday's first game, Eph hurler Emma Harrington was in control from the start and locked up with Vanguard's Brittany Colenzo in a duel that remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Harrington walked the lead-off batter, to start the Vanguard sixth, and the Ephs threw the ball around on a couple of bunt plays. That and a couple of well-placed hits by the hosts led to a four-run outburst.
Colenzo finished her shutout off in the top of the seventh despite a double by Ali Graebner. She allowed two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 14 to improve to 5-1 on the seaso.=n. Harrington took the loss, giving up three hits while walking two and striking out three. None of the runs charged to her were earned.
Amanda Correnti had the other Ephs hit in the game.
Williams took its first lead of the season in the top of the first inning of the nightcap, but also had two different runners thrown out at the plate in the same inning. Graebner, who went 3 for 4, had an RBI-double to chase the run home.
Vanguard responded with three runs in its half of the frame off Williams starter Emalie Rott. Rott lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, five earned, while walking two. She took the loss. Senior Kaitlin Dinet pitched well in relief, allowing just two hits while walking three. She allowed a single unearned run.
Some of the highlights for Williams included Graebner's day at the plate plus her diving catch out in center field in the first game. Ensor also had a diving catch out on left field during game two. First-year Taylor Donze stole two bags on the day.
"We got to play everybody who was able to play," Herman said. "We did some nice things, and we did some bad things. We can't feel too good about today because we shouldn't be losing games by four or five runs to anybody. We're a better team than that."