Cramer, Rott help Ephs gain split with Skidmore

Cramer, Rott help Ephs gain split with Skidmore

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — First year Kacey Cramer went 3 for 4 with three RBI and sophomore pitcher Emalie Rott tossed a complete-game one-hitter Tuesday, helping the Williams College softball team to a 7-1 win over Skidmore College in the nightcap of a non-conference doubleheader at Cole Field.

The Thoroughbreds won game one in dramatic fashion, scoring four times in the top of the seventh for a 4-3 victory. Skidmore moved to 10-26 with the split, while the Ephs saw their record go to 13-19 overall. Williams will host Hamilton Friday at 5 p.m. in the first game of a three-game series.

In the Williams victory, Rott held Skidmore hitless through the first five frames before Thoroughbred lead-off batter Carol Borwn laced a solid single to left to start the top of the sixth. Rott was effectively wild in her complete-game effort, walking two and hitting four batters. But her teammates backed her with some decent defense, turning two double plays in the effort.

Skidmore took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first without the benefit of a basehit as Brown led off the game with a walk and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Williams answered quicky in its half of the first when Ali Graebner drew a two-out walk from Skidmore starter Cassie Fishkin, stole second and scored when Cramer drilled n RBI-single through the left-side of the infield.

The Ephs broke it open with a three-run third. Ally Ensor got it started by reaching on an error. An umprire's reversal on a force play at second left Eph Erica Li on first with two outs, but Li stole second base and scored when Graebner ripped a double to right-center. Cramer followed with a rocket to right for an RBI-triple, and Mo Frank scored Cramer with a well-placed bunt hit.

Fishkin opened the top of the fourth by getting plunked by a Rott offering, but Katie Peverada's grounder to short was turned into a double play by Merrilee Weston Theresa Legan and Melissa Cendejas. In the Skidmore fifth, May-Lin McEvoy was hit by a pitch, but Weston snared a liner off the bat of Emma Giles and fired to first to double off the runner and end the inning.

Williams put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth. Ensore singled to short and continued to second on an error. Legan lined a single to center and Li beat out a bunt for a single that scored Ensor. With two outs, Cramer lined a frozen rope to right center for her second triple of the game, scoring two runs.

Rott (2-2) allowed the one hit and two walks while striking out one. Fishkin (1-5) gave up 11 hits over six innings, while also walking two and striking out one. 

Graebner was 1 for 2 with three runs scored and an RBI for Williams, while Cendejas and Ensor were each 2 for 3.Brown was 1 for 2 for Skidmore with a run scored.

In game one, Eph senior Kaitlin Dinet sailed into the top of the seventh with a one-hitter and a 3-0 lead. But Pervada led off with a single and Katie Sorochka followed with a double to right. Dinet left in favor of senior Megan Casey, who threw a wild pitch allowing Pervada to score, walked McEvoy and gave up a two-run double to left center off the bat of Christine Munisteri that tied the game.

Emma Harrington then replaced Casey in the circle and, after a sac bunt, allowed a bloop double to left by Lila Rosenfeld that plated the game-winning run. Casey (2-7) took the loss.

Williams took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Frank's RBI-single up the middle scored Cramer. They upped it to 2-0 in the fifth when Graebner was struck by a Sorochka pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Amanda Correnti. Weston's RBI-single up the middle in the sixth had made the score 3-0.

Sorochka (9-13) earned the win, allowing four hits over seven innings while walking four and striking out one. She also hit four batters. Dinet had a no-decision after going the first six-plus frames and allowing three hits and two runs while walking two and striking out seven.