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.
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.