COSTA MESA, CA -- The Williams College softball team extended its win streak to nine games Monday before dropping the nightcap of a doubleheader with Vanguard University, settling for a split.
With the split decision, the Ephs moved to 11-2 on the season. They conclude their West Coast swing Tuesday with a doubleheader at Chapman University beginning at 12 p.m. PST. The NAIA Lions moved to 32-10 overall.
The Ephs came out swinging in the first game and led 7-0 after two innings, eventually upped that to 9-0 before staving off a Vanguard rally. Williams put up a three-spot in the top of the first. Alison Michalik singled, Mo Frank singled and Kacey Cramer doubled home a run. Lexi Curt followed by lining a two-run single to right center.
Williams scored four more times in the second. Lindsey Precht drew a lead-off walk. After an out, Michalik singled again. Frank followed with a single to short that scored Precht. Cramer then singled home a second run, Curt netted a run with a sacrifice fly, and Melissa Cendejas lined a two-out RBI-single to make it 7-0.
Frank led the Ephs' 13-hit attack, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Cramer was 2 for 4 with two RBI and Michalik was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Curt went 1 for 3 with three RBI.
Senior Emma Harrington picked up the win, going five full innings and allowing seven hits while walking one and fannine no one.
The nightcap was a pitching duel between Brooke Bovier and Alexandra Olvera. Vanguard scored a single run in the bottom of the third. With two outs punched in the top of the sixth inning, the Ephs scored a run on Priscilla Pino's double to right center field scored Amanda Siedem which tied the game at 1-1.
In a similar situation, Vanguard scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, as only one out remained for VU to work with and Lindsay Sullivan singled up the middle to score Summer Penner and Taylor Wilson. The Lions left the bases loaded, missing out on an opportunity to put the game out of reach.
Olvera pitched the complete game allowing one run on seven hits and striking out three batters. Bovier (5-1) gave up three runs in almost five innings in command, walking away with the loss in the process.
Frank led the Ephs' 7-hit attack by going 3 for 4 and finished 6 for 8 on the day.