WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College softball team played two very different games Saturday, taking game one vs. archrival Amherst 2-0 behind a two-hit shutout from Brooke Bovier, and succumbing to two Amherst rallies in the nightcap, 9-8.
The split left Williams at 15-4 overall, 3-1 in the NESCAC West Division, while Amherst moved to 10-7 overall, 1-3 in the West. The two teams will meet again tomorrow, this time in Amherst, at 1 p.m. in the rubber game of the three-game series.
The opener was a pitcher's duel between Amherst's Jackie Buechler and Williams' sophomore Bovier. The Ephs had two of their five hits in the first inning however, as Mo Frank singled with one out and scored when junior Kacey Cramer laucnhed a two-run homer over the fence in left field for a 2-0 lead.
Bovier allowed only three baserunners through the first six innings, giving up a second inning single and hitting two other batters. She finished with a no-walk effort, striking out four over her seven innings of work as she improved to 7-2 from the circle.
In the nightcap, the Ephs built leads of 5-1 and 8-5 but could not hold off the Jeffs. In the bottom of the first Alison Michalik led off with a single and stole second. Cramer stayed hot, lining an RBI single back up the middle for a 1-0 lead. The Ephs made it 3-0 in the second when Priscilla Pino led off with a walk and scored on an RBI-single from Michalik, who again stole second and scored on a Cramer single for a three-run cushion.
A solo home run to straightaway center by Michalik in the bottom of the fourth made it 5-1 Williams.
It stayed that way until the top of the sixth, one-out singles by Kelsey Ayers and Donna Leet put runners on second and third. Ali Kiddo doubled to left to make it 5-2 and Brianna Cook folllowed with a two-run triple down the left-field line that made it 5-4. Cook scored the tying runon Alena Marovitz RBI-groundout.
The Ephs responded quickly in the bottom of the sixth when Frank singled and Cramer reached on an error. First year Lexi Curt delivered a two-run single to left and she scored on Melissa Cendejas's groundout for an 8-5 lead.
It remained 8-5 until there were two outs in the top of the seventh. With a runner on first, Leet homered to left to make it 8-7. Kido followed with a solo shot to left field that tied the game, 8-8.
The Ephs did not score in their half of the seventh and Amherst was able to grab the lead when Marovitz led off the eighth with a solo home run to left.
Gina Pagan pitched five innings of two-run relief to pick up the win. Harrington took the loss. Leet was 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Jeffs. Michalik and Cramer were each 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Ephs.