CLERMONT, FL. — It was feast or famine Sunday for the Williams College softball team Sunday as it wrapped up a 14-game trip to Florida with a tripleheader at the National Training Center.
Fortunately for the Ephs, the feast part came late. After being shut out and managing just one hit in a 9-0, five-inning loss to Luther in the first game, the Ephs rebounded to batter St. Catherines, 16-4, in a five-inning game, and then put a exclamation point on the trip with a 12-2 victory over Thomas (ME).
Williams is 9-5 overall, 3-0 in the NESCAC West as it heads into a Saturday doubleheader at Tufts University.
Priscilla Pino had the Ephs lone hit in the morning loss to Luther, a fourth-inning single that ended Becca Girvan's no-hit bid for Luther. Emma Harrington took the loss, allowing nine hits and nine runs, only five earned, over 4 2/3 innings. She walked four and struck out four.
Hits were not hard to come by in the win over St. Catherines as the Ephs finished with 15 in four at-bats. A 13-run bottom of the fourth turned a 3-0 lead in a 16-0 advantage.
Williams led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third when Pino doubled home a run with two outs, then stole home when Ashley Wirth got herself in a rundown between first and second base to make it 3-0.
Some highlights of the 13-run fourth included three-run, bases-clearing doubles by Cramer and Graebner. Erika Li had a two-run single, and Pino had two separate RBI-singles in the long inning.
In the final game of the day, junior Emalie Rott took over from the circle, allowing Thomas only three hits over a seven-inning complete game effort while walking five and fanning four. Only one of the two runs she allowed was earned.
Williams had 13 hits in the final victory, led by Cramer, who was 3 for 5 with 4 RBI. Michalik was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and three runs scored and Taylor Donze was 2 for 3 with four runs scored. Pino and Lindsey Precht also had two hits each.
The Ephs opened the game with three straight hits. Michalik led off with a single, Li followed with a single and Cramer launched a two-run triple to right field, then scored on a Graebner sacrifice fly.