IRVINE, CA — The Williams College softball team ended its spring break swing through California Wednesday by taking on the No. 1 NAIA team in the country, Concordia University.
Unfortunately, the Eagles were not the greatest of hopes, sweeping the Ephs by 10-0 and 7-0 counts. Williams returns home 4-12. It will open its home slate Friday at 4 with a doubleheader against Southern Vermont College.
In the opener, Eagles' hurler Katie Cotta tossed a no-hitter at the Ephs, striking out 10 in five innings and walking just one batter, Williams first-year Erika Li, who was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second.Cotta improved to 13-1.
Concordia shortstop Jenna Jorgenson went 3 for 3 with two RBI for the winners. Emma harrington took the loss for Williams, tossing four innings and allowing 12 hits and 10 runs, only seven earned. She walked one and struck out four.
Williams got its first hit of the day when first-year Kacey Cramer led off the nightcap with a single up the middle. Aftyer a sacrifice bunt from Melissa Cendejas moved her to second, Ally Ensor drew a walk. But Concordia starter Brittani McHugh struck out Kaitlin Dinet and got Merrilee Weston to groundout to end the threat.
Concordia scored three in the first off Ephs starter Megan Casey. Jorgenson doubled home the only run the Eagles would need.
Williams threatened briefly in the fourth when Ensor drew a lead-off walk and was sacrificed to second by Dinet, but McHugh got Weston to flyout and Erika Li to groundout to third to end the frame.
The Ephs used three hurlers in the game. Casey took the loss, giving up three hits and four runs all earned, while walking four and fanning no one. Dinet hurled three frames, allowing five hits and three runs, all earned, while walking two and striking out one. Emalie Rott got three groundouts to end the Concordia sixth.
Cramer went 1 for 3. Ensor walked twice for Williams.