Redlands, CA -- In the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader with the University of Redlands, the Williams College softball team found itself in an unfamiliar position when the Bulldogs took an early three-run lead.
No matter, the Ephs erased that deficit like a bad memory, scoring eight times in the final four frames to walk away with an 8-4 win, their eighth consecutive victory following an 11-2 victory in five innings of the opener.
Williams is 10-1 overall heading into a Monday doubleheader at Vanguard University beginning at 2 p.m. PST. Redlands fell to 13-17 on the season.
Sunday was another big day at the dish for the Ephs, who combined for 19 runs on 27 hits over 12 innings.
A two-run double by first-year Margo Beck in the top of the first of the opener gave Williams a 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs answered right back when lead-off hitter A.J. Carrasco smashed a solo home run and Haley Farr tied the game with a single later in the frame.
The Ephs immediately responded with a four-run top of the second to take a 6-2 lead. Melissa Cendejas led off with a single and, following an out, moved to second when Erica Li was safe on a fielder's choice. Alison Michalik then singled to right, and Cendejas scored on a throwing error for a 3-2 lead.
With two outs, junior Kacey Cramer singled home Michalik for a 4-2 advantage and Beck followed with her second two-run double of the contest for a four-run lead. The Ephs put the game away with a five-run top of the fourth as Cramer had another RBI-single and Lexi Curt and Cendejas added two-run singles.
Senior Emma Harrington made it all stand up, working through five innings while giving up nine hits and two runs, just one earned. She did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Beck was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI, Cendejas 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, Mo Frank 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored, Cramer 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and Michalik 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored.
In the nightcap, a three-run bottom of the third put Williams in the aforementioned three-run hole. The Ephs answered right back again, scoring four times in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Priscilla Pino started the fourth with a single and took third when Amanda Siedem roped a double to right center. Lindsey Precht scored Pino with the first run on a sacrifice fly to left. Singles by Li and Michalik loaded the bases. Frank scored Siedem with a single to second. Cramer gave the Ephs the lead with a two-run single to center.
The Ephs added a run in the sixth on another Cramer RBI-single and three more in the seventh on two bases-loaded walks and an error.
Siedem was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Li was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and Frank was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Cramer was 2 for 5 with 4 RBI. Michalik was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored.
Brooke Bovier was the winner, going the full seven frames and allowing nine hits and four runs, three earned, while walking two and striking out one.