Ephs sweep "home-opening" doubleheader vs. SVC, 14-0 & 16-3

Ali Graebner '14
Ali Graebner '14

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College softball team banged out 24 hits and scored 30 runs as it rolled to a 14-0 and 16-3 sweep of its neighbor to the north, Southern Vermont College, Wednesday on Cole Field.

The twinbill was scheduled to be played at SVC's home diamond, but with it not quite ready for prime time, the Ephs hosted but batted first in each game. It did not make a difference in either game, as both ended after fve innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.

With the sweep, the Ephs improved to 13-5 overall while the Mountaineers slipped to 4-10. Williams s home agan Friday at 5 p.m. when they welcome in rival Amherst College.

In Wednesday's first game, Williams scored three in the first and five more in the second to build an 8-0 lead. In the second innng, Ali Graebner and Priscilla Pino had two-run singles and Ashley Wirth an RBI-single.

Williams scored twice in the fourth to make it 10-0 when Mo Frank rifled a two-run triple into the rght-centerfield gap. Graebner added an RBI-double in a four-run fifth. She finished 3 for 4 with 4 RBI in the victory, while Pino was 1 for 3 with 3 RBI and Alison Michalik was 2 for 4 with three runs scored.

First year Brooke Bovier picked up the win, allowing just one hit over the first three innings. She walked three and struck out four. Emalie Rott pitched the final two frames, allowing two hits while striking out one.

SVC had one hit each from Erika Garay, Rachel Robtoy and Mallory Celeste. Lauren Zovistoski took the loss, although of the 14 runs charger to her, only five were earned.

The nightcap proved a bit more competitive. Neither team scored in the first, but Williams struck for five runs in the top of the second, only to see SVC rally for three in its half of the frame. Erica Li and Frank had RBI-singles in the Williams second, while Julianna Bumley had an RBI-sngle for SVC to make it 5-1 and Krista Buchan lined a two-run single to left to make it a two-run ballgame.

The Ephs made it 10-3 with a five-run third. After the frst two batters reached, Lindsey Precht launched a three-run home run well over the left field fence, her first of the season. Kacey Cramer and Michalik had RBI-singles later in the frame.

Eph junior Emma Harrington (6-2) came on after the first two frames and pitched three scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit while walking one and striking out six. The Ephs had 14 hits in the victory, led by Precht's 3 for 4 with 4 RBI performance that included a double and home run. Li also went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and Graebner was 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

SVC had six hits in the loss. Bumley, Buchan, Celeste and Garay were all 1 for 2. Hayley McDonald took the loss, allowing 15 runs, only six earned, in four innings.