WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Brooke Bovier allowed just two hits and Alison Michalik drove in three runs as the Williams College softball team defeated rival Middlebury, 5-4, in the second game of a three-game series to clinch its first NESCAC West Division title since 2010 Saturday at Cole Field.
The Ephs then fell in the third game, 12-2 in 5 innings, and moved to 22-7 on the season. They finished 10-2 in the NESCAC West and will host the 2014 NESCAC Tournament at Cole Field beginning Friday. The Panthers, who moved to 18-12 and finished 8-4 in the West, will also participate in the double-elimination tournament.
Saturday's first game was completed after the game was started and suspended on Friday. Middlebury took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run homer to center by Carlyn Vachow after Hye-Jin Kim had walked.
The Ephs took the lead in the bottom of the third with three runs. Melissa Cendejas was plunked by a pitch and sacrificed to second by Mo Frank. Theresa Legan then ripped a single through the left side and a two-run double to center by Michalik tied the game. Erica Li beat out a bunt single that moved Michalik to third and she scored when Kacey Cramer grounded out to short.
Williams added to its lead with two runs in the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly from Legan scored Lindsey Precht, who walked with one out. Michalski singled through the right side to plate Cendejas, who singled to center earlier in the inning.
Middlebury rallied in the seventh with two runs, but came up one run short. Kat Mahr led off with a pinch-hit walk and then was pinch-run for by Siobhan O'Sullivan. Christina Bicks followed with a two-run blast to make it a 5-4 game. Kimber Sable was hit by a pitch and was bunted to second by Jackie Stern, but was stranded as the Panthers came up short.
Neve Stearns (4-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs and striking out three over 3.2 innings of work.
Bovier improved to 9-2 with the win, allowing four runs on two hits with four strikeouts over seven innings. Michalski finished 2-3 with a double, a run scored and three RBI.
Middlebury exploded for six runs in the third inning of game two, earning a 12-2 win in five innings, snapping Williams' nine-game winning streak. Kim Sable double to left in the first and scored when Emily Kraytenberg did the same. Kim singled up the middle to score Kraytenberg, making it a 2-0 game.
In the six-run third, the big blast came on a grand slam homer to center from Sable, putting her team up 8-0.
The Panthers added four runs in the fifth to go up by a dozen. Erin Giles drove in a run with an RBI ground out, while Kim had an RBI single to center. Later in the inning, Vachow singled to left center to drive in a pair.
Williams rallied for two in the fifth on a two-run single from Priscilla Pino, but it wasn't enough to keep the game going as Panthers led by more than eight runs, ending the game after five.
Emma Harrington (11-4) suffered the loss for Williams in two innings of work, allowing two runs in the first inning. Lindsey Precht was 2-2 in the game.
Sable went 3-4 in the game, with two doubles a grand slam and three runs scored. Vachow finished 3-3 with three RBI, while Kim was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Morris (7-3) earned the win, striking out six over five innings of work.