WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams College first year Brooke Bovier came within three outs of a no-hitter Monday before settling for a 1-hit shutout of Keene State and teammate Emma Harrington followed suit in the nightcap, tossing a 1-hitter as well as the Ephs swept the Owls, 2-0 and 9-0, in a non-conference doubleheader at Cole Field.
Williams ran its win streak to seven with the sweep and improved to 20-6 overall heading into a non-conference twinbill at Skidmore Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Keene State slipped to 11-14 on the season.
The opener Monday featured a suspenseful pitcher's duel bewteen Bovier and Owl right-hander Meariah Crisp. The fourth inning proved to be the deciding frame. In the top of the inning, Owl Aliza Guerrero drew a lead-off walk and stole second. She advanced to third on a groundout to third, beating the return throw to the bag from first.
She stayed at third when Katie Newell struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. But Bovier danced out of trouble, getting Rachel Boynton to fly out to short right field. Newell bluffed a try home, but Mo Frank's strong throw to the plate held her at third. Elissa Coburn then grounded out to Theresa Legan at second to end the threat.
Eph Ali Graebner led off the bottom of the frame with a stinging line drive double to center field. Priscilla Pino followed, and one-upped her teammate by launching a two-run home run over the fence in center field for the only runs of the game.
Keene State put the lead-off runner on in both the sixth and seventh innings but Bovier held fast with some help from her teammates. In the sixth, Guerrero reprised her fourth-inning play, walking and stealing second. However, this time she was thrown out at third base but Eph first sacker Melissa Cendejas trying to advance on a groundout to short. Newell struck out looking to end the frame.
Boynton then led off the seventh with a solid single up the middle, breaking up Bovier's no-hit bid. Bovier struck out the next batter before getting a fly to right and a grounder to short to end the contest.
She improved to 8-2 on the season, giving up one hit and walking three over seven inning while striking out five. Crisp threw a complete game in the loss, allowing five hits over six innings while walking two and striking out eight.
Li was the only multi-hitter in the game, going 2 for 3.
The Ephs took advantage of some Owl miscuses in the bottom of the first of the nightcap to score three times. With one out, Li singled and Kacey Cramer walked. Li stole third before a walk to Graebner loaded the bases. Pino then hit a chopper to short that was misplayed, allowing two runs to score. With two outs, Cendejas' grounder to third was misplayed, allowing Graebner to score.
The Ephs added four runs in the bottom of the third off Owl starter Newell. Graebner led off and reached on an error. Pino and Ashley Wirth reached on infield singles but Graebner was erased on runner's interference. Cendejas followed with a rocket to left center field that cleared the wall for a three-run home run and a 6-0 lead. With two outs, Legan reached on an error and scored when Alison Michalik scorched a ball down the right-field line for a double.
In the fourth, the Ephs plated to runs that allowed the Ephs to trigger the eight-run mercy rule. Cramer singled and scored on Wirth's sacrifice fly, and Graebner walked and scored on a wild pitch.
Harrington handled the rest. After allowing a double to the second batter of the game (Sara Bracken), the right-hander retired the next 14 consecutive batters to close out her five-inning shutout. She did not walk a batter and struck out three while improving to 10-3 on the season.
Newell fell to 0-1, allowing six hits over 3 1/3 innings while walking three wand striking out two. She was charged with nine runs, six of which were earned.