Ephs settle for split with Pomona Pitzer

Ephs settle for split with Pomona Pitzer

CLAREMONT, CA -- The Williams College softball team used a 12-hit attack to produce a 8-4 win over Pomona Pitzer in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.

Pomona exacted a bit of revenge in game two, scoring twice with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to nip the Ephs, 3-2.

Williams is now 2-4 on the season. The Ephs are at La Sierra University Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. PST.

In the game one victory, the Ephs scored three times in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Melissa Cendejas led off with a single to center. Ally Ensor singled through the right side and both runners moved up when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Ali Graebner lofted a sacrifice fly to left. Kacey Cramer singled to center and Lindsay Precht brought Ensor home with a bunt single. Merrilee Weston followed with another bunt that brough home a ru for the 3-1 lead.

Pomona sqaured the game at three and it stayed that way until the top of the sixth when Williams erupted for five runs. Amanda Correnti opened the inning with a single and pinch-runner Taylor Donze moved to second on Erika Li's sacrifice bunt. Theresa Legan followed with a single to second and then stole second. Cendejas singled in a run to break the tie. Ensor reached on catcher's interference and Graebner ripped a two-run double. With two outs, Weston singled home the final run.

Emma Harrington earned the win, going the full seven innings and allowing six hits and three walks while striking out four. Three of the four runs she was charged with were earned.

Correnti was 2 for 4 for the Ephs, Cendejas was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Cramer was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Legan was 2 for 5.

Williams appeared to have the second game won as well after scoring a run in the top of the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie. Donze led off with a single and advanced to second on a Legan groundout. Donze advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Cramer ripped a double to right center field.

Kaitlin Dinet started and went the first six innings, allowing eight hits and one earned run while not walking a batter and fanning four. Harrington relieved her to start the seventh but soon faced a bases-loaded, one-out situation. She struck out Lauren Boden for the second out, but Kathryn Rabak's grounder to short resulted in a infield single to tie the game. Leah Bleichner then singled up the middle to score the game-winner.

Legan and Cramer were each 2 for 4 for Williams.