Ephs gain key sweep of NESCAC West rival Hamilton, 10-1 & 6-5

Erica Li '16
Erica Li '16

CLERMONT, FL. --  The Williams College softball team picked up a key sweep of NESCAC West rival Hamilton Tuesday, defeating the Continentals 10-1 in the opener and holding on for a 6-5 win in the nightcap to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the division.

Williams was off Wednesday but will face Buffals State at 9.a.m. Thursday and Wisconsin-Whitewater at 11.

In Tuesday's first game, the Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Theresa Legan walked and scored on Ali Graebner's two-out RBI-single. The Ephs added two runs each in the second and third to build a 5-0 lead. In the second, Mo Frank singled home Erica Li and scored on Ashley Wirth's fielder's choice. In the third, Li's groundout scored Graebner, and a bases-loaded walk to Legan made it 5-0.

The Ephs had 12 hits in the win, led by Graebner, who was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Frank was 2 for 2 with three runs scored and an RBI while Wirth was 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Emma Harrington tossed three scoreless frames before Brooke Bovier took over. Bovier got the win, allowing three hits and one run over four innings while walking no one and striking out one. 

The game two match-up was a much tighter contest. The Ephs built a 5-0 lead after two frames but the Continentals roared back with four of their own in the third.

In the Williams first, Wirth was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the first run, Li had a single to make it 2-0 and Frank worked a bases-loaded walk for the 3-0 lead. In the Ephs' second, Graebner and Wirth produced RBI-singles.

Kelly Leonard's three-run triple keyed Hamilton's comeback in the third.

The Ephs added a key insurance run in the fourth when Wirth singled home Kacey Cramer

Hamilton got a run back in its half of the sixth and had runners on first and second with only one out, but Harrington fanned a batter for the second out and induced a groundout to end the inning. She then had a 1-2-3 seventh to earn her first save of the season.

Emalie Rott picked up the win, allowing five hits and four runs, all earned, over four innings of work.

Wirth led a 12-hit attack for the Ephs with a 3-for-3, 3 RBI peformance. Graebner was 2 for 3, Priscilla Pino 2 for 4 and Alison Michalik 2 for 5.

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