CLERMONT, FL. — A five-run third inning broke open a one-run game Monday and propelled the Williams College softball team to a 9-1, 5-inning win over NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton at the National Training Center Fields.
Williams improved to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the NESCAC West. Hamilton slipped to 3-8, 0-1. The two teams will meet again Tuesday for a doubleheader back at the NTC.
Lindsay Precht was 2 for 2 with three RBI in the win, while Priscilla Pino went 3 for 3 and Kacey Cramer 2 for 4. Emma harrington went all five innings for Williams, allowing two hits and one run while striking out four and walking two.
Williams took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when, with one out, Erica Li reached on an error. Precht followed with a blast to center field that fell for an RBI-double and a 1-0 lead. With two outs and the bases load, Theresa Legan's grounder was misplayed, allowing Precht to score the second run.
Hamilton got one run back in its half of the second to amke it 2-1, but the Ephs put the game out of reach with a five-run third. Precht beat out a bunt for an RBI to score the first run. Mo Frank's grounder led to another and Pino's single scored Precht. Another error on a grounder off the bat of Legan allowed the final two runs to score.
"I was pleased with the way we played today, and we're looking forward to see how we can improve tomorrow," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said.