WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams College junior Emma Harrington scattered six hits Friday and allowed just one unearned run as the Williams College softball team opened a key three-game series with Little 3 rival Wesleyan University by defeating the Cardinals 7-1 at Cole Field.
First year Alison Michalik went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Ephs, who improved to 16-6 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC's West Division. Wesleyan fell to 9-16 overall, 2-7 in the West. The two teams get back at it Saturday morning at 11 with the first game of a twinbill.
Williams grabbed a 2-0 lead with some two-out magic in the bottom of the third. Michalik doubled into the left center field gap with two outs, the first Eph hit off of Wesleyan starter Sue Pardo. Erica Li then dropped a bunt down between the circle and third base. Pardo's throw to first was high, putting into motion a wild play in which Michalik scored and Li raced around to score on two additional Cardinal throwing errors on the play.
Wesleyan answered back in its half of the fourth when, with two outs, Jill Gately dropped a single to right and advanced to second on an error. She scored when Abby Rutt dropped a looper into center field to make it 2-1.
Williams got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Ali Graebner singled and, with two outs, stole second. Melissa Cendejas grounded a ball to short that was thrown wide of the first baseman, allowing Graebner to score.
The Ephs put the game away with a four-run bottom of the sixth. Graebner led off with a liner to center for a single. Priscilla Pino then grounded a single into left and Lindsey Precht worked a walk to load the bases. Cendejas then blasted a shot to left that landed on the warning track and one-hopped the fence for a two-run double. Mo Frank's sacrifice fly scored the third run and Michalik's two-out single to center scored pinch-runner Ashley Wirth with the final run.
Williams had eight hits, with Graebner going 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Harrington went the distance, allowing six hits and not walking a batter over seven innings while striking out four to improve to 8-3 on the season.
Pardo was 2 for 3 for the Cardinals. She fell to 6-7 from the circle, tossing six innings and giving up eight hits and two walks while fanning four. Only one of the seven runs were earned.
Cendejas made a great defensive play in the top of the third when, with one out, she dove to snare a bunt off the bat of Amy Lindland, got up and threw to Graebner covering second base to double off Christine Zaccardi. In the top of the fourth, Kacey Cramer made a very nice play in foul territory behind the third base bag, reaching over the fence to snare a foul pop up off the bat of Jamie Horn.