Ephs settle for road split with RPI

Ephs settle for road split with RPI

TROY, NY -- RPI scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap Tuesday, walking off with an 9-8 win over the Williams College softball team and denying the Ephs a sweep of the non-conference doubleheader.

The Ephs won game one 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance from senior Megan Casey, who got some help from classmate Merrilee Weston, who hit 3 for 4 with an RBI.

The Ephs moved to 11-16 overall with the split, heading into a big weekend series at NESCAC West rival Middlebury beginning Friday at 5 p.m. RPI moved to 18-8 overall.

In game one, Williams scored score three first-inning runs on just one hit, before starting pitcher Casey shut down RPI offensively, allowing an unearned run on three hits over 7.0 innings.

Theresa Legan walked and stole second. Erica Li then reached on an error that allowed Legan to score. Li then stole second and third and - after a walk to Ali Graebner - home on the front end of a double steal. Melissa Cendejas scored Graebner with a squeeze bunt.

Williams added two in the third. Weston's RBI-single score Kacey Cramer, who had reached on an error. Amanda Correnti laced an RBI-single later in the frame to score Weston.

Graebner was 2 for 3 for the Ephs.

For RPI, Kristina Weltzin went 3.1 innings, allowing five runs (2 earned) on five hits. She struck out three and walked three. At the plate, senior Gillian McCarthy picked up two of the Engineers three hits, going 2 for 3.

The Ephs grabbed a 3-0 lead early in game two, thanks to RBI-singles from Weston, Graebner and Cramer.

Rensselaer answered in the bottom of the third, scoring seven runs on seven hits. The frame was highlighted by a bases-clearing triple off the bat of sophomore Jena Servidone . The drive game the Engineers a 7-3 advantage after three.

Williams jumped back into the game, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth on a squeeze bunt and a run-scoring single by Graebner. Senior Kaitlin Dinet capped the rally by taking a pitch on the arm with the bases loaded.

The Ephs took the lead in the top of the sixth, as an RBI-single from Graebner was followed by a wild pitch to make it 8-7 Williams.

After an RPI threat in the bottom of the sixth went by the wayside, and Williams went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh, the stage was set for the bottom half of the stanza.

Junior Charlene Osmanski  led off the inning by drawing a five-pitch walk. Freshman Taylor Ten Eyck then attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but pinch runner Sheena McNeil beat Ephs' throw to second, leaving runners on first and second with nobody out.

A successful sac bunt was made by junior Dani Grage  pushing the runners to second and third with one away. Servidone then got about to load the bases for senior pinch hitter Caitlin McGivern . McGivern lifted a single to right, which tied the game at 8-8. Sophomore Kathleen Baker then tapped one in front of the plate for a force out at home, but the ball was then thrown wide of first, allowing Servidone to score all the way from second.