CLAREMONT, CA — The Williams College softball team is white hot right now.
The Ephs picked up their fifth and sixth wins in a row Friday, pounding out 35 hits and scoring 16 runs en route to a 8-4, 8-3 sweep of Pomona Pitzer College. The Ephs stand at 8-1 and have Saturday off before taking on the University of Redlands Sunday in a doubleheader which begins at 12 p.m. PST.
"We're getting good pitching, great hitting and solid defense," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "And everyone's contributing, so everything's good so far. It was a good day."
In the opener, the Ephs used the long ball to build a 5-0 lead in the top of the third. Erica Li got things started with a single and, after an out, moved up on a Donze single. Cramer followed with a three-run home run to left field. Lexi Curt then singled, and first year Margo Beck launched her second round-tripper of the season, a two-run shot that gave Willias its five-run lead.
After Pomona responded with two runs in its half of the third, Williams answered back with a single tally in the fourth when Donze led off with a double and eventually scored on an RBI-single from Curt.
Senior Emma Harrington went the distance for the Ephs, allowing four runs — only two earned — over her seven-inning, complete-game performance. Cramer was 3 for 4 with 5 RBI, Li was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Beck was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI, and Donze was 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
Williams used a five-run second inning to build a 7-0 lead in the nightcap and held on for the victory. Melissa Cendejas got things going by drawing a lead-off walk. She moved to second on a groundout and to third when Brooke Bovier beat out a roller to short. Brenna martinez single home a run and Li then dropped adown a bunt and on the play at the plate, the Sagehen catcher dropped the ball, allowing Bovier to score.
Martinez scored on a wild pitch and Alison Michalik singled home Li. Donze roped a double and lexi Curt delivered a sacrifice fly for the fifth run of the inning and a 6-0 lead.
Cendejas was 3 for 3 in the victory — and 5 for 6 on the day — while Michalik was 3 for 5. Li was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Bovier and Brenna Martinez were each 2 for 4.
Bovier earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the season, tossing 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball. She allowed just two hits while walking two and striking out three.