MIDDLETOWN, CT. -- If you found the biggest, scariest, most thrilling rollercoaster in the world and rode it twice in the same day, you might come close to feeling the same emotions the Williams College softball team went through Saturday.
The Ephs, despite scoring twice and putting the tying run on second in the seventh inning, lost the first game to NESCAC West and Little 3 rival Wesleyan, 4-3. Then, facing the same hurler who limited them to two hits in a 2-1 loss Friday, the Ephs built a 6-0 lead in the nightcap, only to watch as the Cardinals battled back to tie things up at six all. Finally, first-year Erika Li's single in the sixth inning stood up as the Ephs walked away 7-6 winners.
Wesleyan built a 3-0 lead in the first game as senior Ashley McLaren delivered a two-run single in the 5th, followed by a sophomore Jill Gately RBI single. In the meantime, junior pitcher Laura Getchell threw 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball for Wesleyan and ended with a three-hitter.
Williams made it 3-1 in the 6th on junior Ali Graebner's RBI hit. Sophomore Lexi Parr got the margin back to three for Wesleyan with an RBI single in the 6th and it proved to be the game-winning run.
In the Williams seventh, Kaitlin Dinet ripped a one-out single. Sophomore Lindsey Precht followed with a two-run pinch-hit homer to make it 4-3. With two outs, Li walked and stole second before Taylor Donze lined out to third to end the contest.
Dinet took the loss, going the first 5 1/3 and giving up 10 hits but no walks while striking out two.
The Ephs built a 6-0 lead after two innings of the nightcap, registering seven hits in those two frames, six off Sue Pardo, who had held them to two the day before. In the first, Theresa Legan, Li and Graebner all had singles, with Graebner driving in a run and two more scoring on an error.
In the second, Melissa Cendejas led off with a walk, Amanda Correnti sacrificed her to second, and Donze scored her with a single. Legan then singled up the middle to score Donze, and Ally Ensor scored Legan with another single.
Wesleyan got two runs back in the bottom of the 2nd and came back to tie the game, 6-6, in the 5th when Jill Gately unloaded the bases with a double for three RBI.
In the Williams 6th, first-year pinch-hitter Priscilla Pino was hit by a pitch and with two outs, stole second. Li then slapped a single up the middle to score Pino with the go-ahead run.
Sophomore Emma Harrington picked up the win, hurling the final three frames in relief of Megan Casey and allowing four hits and one run while walking two and striking out two. Casey went the first four, giving up five hits and five runs while walking one and fanning three.
Legan went 3 for 3 in the win, while Li, Graebner and Cramer were each 2 for 4.