WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Kristina Weltzin and Stephanie Caudle each threw a complete game Tuesday, helping the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) softball team sweep host Williams College by identical 7-3 scores at Cole Field.
The NESCAC West Division champion Ephs slip to 22-9 overall. Next up is the conference tournament, which begins at Williams Friday at 2:30 p.m. with Williams playing Bowdoin. The Engineers moved to 22-16 overall.
Taylor Ten Eyck went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI in the game one victory, while Tori Hunt was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Weltzin improved to 13-6 on the season, allowing nine hits and one walk over seven innings of work.
Priscila Pino was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored for the Ephs, including her team-leading third home run of the season.
The two teams traded the lead in the early going. Taylor Ten Eyck homered in the second for a 1-0 RPI lead. Her RBI single in the third tied the game at two, but Pino's laser shot over the center field fence regained the lead for the Ephs in the bottom of the frame.
A four-run top of the fourth made all the difference for RBI. Two singles and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Hunt, who laced a two-run double down the left-field line for a 4-3 RPI lead. Taylor Ten Eych followed with a two-out RBI-single and her twin sister, Morgan Ten Eyck, then followed with an RBI-single for a 6-3 advantage.
Emma Harrington (11-5) took the loss for Williams.
In the nightcap, the Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Pino lined an RBI-single. First-year Brooke Bovier held RPI off the scoreboard until the fourth, when the visitors broke open for four runs.
Morgan Ten Eyck reached on an error with one out and took third on Caudle's single. With two outs, Kathleen Baker reached on a misplay that allowed the tying run. Morgan Kollmeier then singled down the left-field line to score Caudle for a 2-1 lead. Danielle Balestrini followed with a double to center that allowed two runs to score.
The Ephs trailed 7-1 in the sixth when they put together a small rally. Ali Graebner singled to lead off. After an out, Lindsey Precht launched a ball to left that hit the wall, allowing Graebner to score all the way from first. She eventually scored on Mo Frank's sacrifice fly.
Caudle improved to 3-3 with the complete-game effort for RPI. She allowed eight hits and one walk while fanning eight batters. She was also 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored. Kathleen Baker was 2 for 4 from the nine spot, driving in a run and scoring one.
Michalik was 2 for 4 for the Ephs. Bovier (9-3) took the loss, allowing seven hits over seven innings. She was charged with seven runs, but only two were earned.