Ephs hit way to sweep of La Verne, 12-1 & 11-8

Erica Li '16
Erica Li '16

LA VERNE, CA — First years Lexi Curt and Margo Beck made a big impression Wednesday, helping the Williams College softball team to a 12-1, 11-8 sweep of the University of La Verne.

The Ephs improved to 4-1 with the sweep. They are back in action Thursday with a doubleheader at La Sierra beginning at 1 p.m. PST.

In the first game, first years Beck and  Curt stole the spotlight, driving in 10 of the Ephs' 12 runs in a 12-1 victory. Beck was 3 for 3 with 6 RBI, a double and a home run, while Curt was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI and two doubles. Senior Mo Frank was 2 for 3 with two walks and three runs scored.

In the nightcap, Curt was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, all coming on her first collegiate home run, a three-run blast to right center that capped an eight-run second inning which gave Williams an 8-1 lead.

In the opener, the Ephs got to work fast as Alison Michalik beat out a comebacker and Frank beat out a chopper to third to put runners on first and second with no outs. After both runners moved up on a groundout, Beck lined a shot into the left-center field gap for a two-run double. 

The Leopards responded with a run in the bottom of the first and it stayed 2-1 until the top of the third. With two outs, Kacey Cramer grounded a single into left field and Beck followed woth a blast to center field for her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot which gave Williams a 4-1 lead. 

The speedsters at the bottom of the Ephs line-up got things going in the fourth as Erica Li singled and stole second. Tayler Donze then single and stole second. Michalik singled home a run and Frank walked. After an error allowed Donze to score and Beck walked to re-load the bases, Curt pinch-hot and smoked a two-run double into the right-center fied gap for an 8-1 Williams lead.

In the Ephs' seventh, Beck grounded a bases-loaded single to center for two runs, and Curt cleaned up with a two-run double. 

Brooke Bovier picked up the win, going the first five-plus innings for the Ephs, while Emalie Rott tossed two shutout innings of relief. 

Williams fell behind 1-0 in the nightcap, but an eight-run second inning gave them a significant cushion for much of the contest. Curt got the rally going with a leadoff single. Priscilla Pino singled and, after an out, Breanna Martinez walked to load the bases. Lindsey precht was hit by a pitch to force home a run and tie the game. Li, was was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, then smoked a one-hopper down the left-field line for a two-run double and a 3-1 Williams lead.

Michalik reached on an error that allowed a run to score, and Donze followed with a beautiful suicide squeeze, adjusting to a high fastball in time to get the bunt down and scoreLi for a 5-1 lead. After the second out, Curt crushed her first collegiate home to right center, a three-run blast that made it 8-1. 

In the Ephs fourth, Li led off wth a double and with one out, Donze tripled her home before scoring on a Cramer single for a 10-1 lead. 

Emma Harrington earned the win, going 4 1/3 frames. Rott hurled 1 2.3 innings of shutout relief before Bovier worked out of a seventh inning-jam to seal the win. The Leopards had one run in and the bases loaded with one out, but Bovier fielded a comebacker and started a 1-4-3 double play to end the contest. 

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