WHITTIER, CA — In a game of inches Monday, the Williams College softball team came up just short, dropping a 1-0 decision to Whittier College.
Williams (2-1) has Tuesday off before returning to action Wednesday in a doubleheader at the University of La Verne. First pitch is 2 p.m. PST. Whittier College improved to 15-5 on the season.
Poet pitcher Samantha Blum scattered five hits while walking three and striking out seven Monday. The Ephs left seven runners on base in the loss, compared to just three for the Poets. Senior Emma Harrington took the loss, giving up five hits and one walk over six frames while fanning six.
Williams strung together four of its five hits in the second inning but could not score. With one out Tayler Donze doubled to right center. Lindsey Precht followed with a single to right but Donze was thrown out at third on the play. Breanna Martinez singled to put runners on first and second and Melissa Cendejas singled to load the bases, but Blum bore down to strike out Erica Li to end the threat.
The Ephs loaded the bases again in the top of the third when Alison Michalik singled and Mo Frank drew a walk. After two outs, Donze drew a walk, but Blum induced Precht to groundout to shortstop to end the inning.
Whittier scored its run in the bottom of the frame when Sarah Miller led off with a single and, after one out, Emi Shimamot roped a double. Harrington hit Samantha Mel with a pitch to load the bases, but got the next batter on a pop out for the second out. Ashlyn Canchola then beat out a grounder to second for an infield hit that scored Miller with the game's only run.
Blum retired 11batters in a row until with one out in the seventh, Cendejas worked a walk. Ashley Wirth ran for Cendejas and pinch-hitter Margo Beck reached on an error. However, Wirth was caught off second on the play for the second out. Michalik then lined a shot that was caught at second base to end the game.
Miller was 2 for 2 with a run scored for the Poets. Both Donze and Cendejas were 1 for 2 with a walk for the Ephs.