Fournier hurls Tufts past Ephs and into NESCAC final

Fournier hurls Tufts past Ephs and into NESCAC final

WILLIAMSTOWn, MA -- Tufts junior Allyson Fournier scattered four hits Saturday, lifting the Jumbos into the finals of the 2014 NESCAC Softball Tournament via a 4-1 victory over host Williams College at Cole Field.

Fournier improved to 18-0 on the season while Tufts moved to 36-3. The Ephs fell to 23-10 and will face Middlebury at 3 p.m. in the second elimination game of the day.

Williams took a 1-0 lead on Fournier and the Jumbos in the top of the third when first year Alison Michalik rocketed a solo home run to right field. It was just the second home run allowed this season by Fournier.

Tufts scored two in the bottom of the fourth off of Williams ace Emma Harrington. Chrissie rive to Massrey walked and with two outs Carrie Copacino singled to left. Tutfs number nine hitter Christina Raso then hit a line deep left field that eluded Eph left fielder Erica Li for a two-run double and the lead.

The Jumbos added a run in the fifth when Cassie Ruscz launched a solo home run to left center with two outs for a  3-1 lead. Shelby Lipso added a pinch-hit RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth for the final Tufts run.

Mo Frank was 2 for 3 for Williams while Kacey Cramer and Michalik had one hit each. Harrington took the loss, allowing nine hits and four runs, all earned, while walking one and fanning four over six innings.

Bri Keenan was 2 for 3 for Tufts, while Raso was 1 for 3 with two RBI. Fournier allowed four hits over seven frames, walking one and striking out seven.