WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Wesleyan senior Allee Beatty had two hits that produced both Cardinal runs to back the two-hit pitching of first-year Susan Pardo Friday as Wesleyan edged the Williams College softball team in the first game of a three-game series, 2-1.
The Cardinals imrpoved to 15-4 overall, 4-0 in the NESCAC West while the Ephs slipped to 6-13 overall, 0-1 in conference play. The two teams will match up again tomorrow for a doubleheader, this time in Middletown, Ct.
Friday's game was a pitcher's duel between Pardo and Eph sophomore Emma Harrington. It was scoreless into the top of the third when Beatty led off with a line shot to right that one-hopped the fence and stayed there. using her tremendous speed, Beatty raced around the bases, scoring without a throw.
The Ephs tied things up with an unearned run in the fourth. Junior Ally Ensor led off with a line drive into the left-center field gap that went for a double. Wiht one out, she attempted to steal third and scored when the throw hit her in the head and bounced over the fence and out of play.
The tie did not least long as Beatty — leading off the inning again — hit a sinking liner to right that fell in front of the Ephs' right fielder and skipped past her to the fence. This time there was a throw to the plate, but Beatty beat it fairly easily as the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead.
Pardo was tough from the circle as she retired the final 10 Eph batters she faced. On the afternoon she allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out eight and improving to 7-0 on the season.
Williams' Harrington was nearly as tough. She gave up six hits, but walked just one while fanning 12 Cardinals over her seven innings of work. She fell to 3-5 on the season despite allowing just the one earned run.
Tori Redding and Beatty were each 2 for 4 for the Cardinals, while Theresa Legan had the other Eph hit.