Ephs sweep RPI as Coach Kris Herman posts 600th victory

Ephs sweep RPI as Coach Kris Herman posts 600th victory

TROY, N.Y. -- Senior Emma Harrington threw a two-hut shutout in game one and sophomore Brooke Bovier followed with a three-hit shutout in the nightcap as the Williams College softball team posted a 1-0, 4-0 sweep of RPI at Doris Robinson Field Tuesday.

The win in game one gave Ephs' head coach Kris Herman her 600th career victory in her 28th season. Herman coached 16 years at her alma mater Tufts University and is in her 12th year at Williams with a combined record of 601-345-5 (.635 win percentage).

"Both kids pitched great, we played good defense and took advantage of their mistakes," Herman said. "I forgot about (600) until after both games -- but I feel good about winning. I've been around a long time and had a lot of great ballplayers, assistant coaches and mentors. It's been a team effort. I feel very fortunate."

With the sweep the Ephs improved to 17-5 overall heading into a non-conference twinbill with Western Connecticut State at home Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

In game one, Williams scored its only run in the top of the third, as Erica Li reached on an error. She then stole second base, and moved to third on a ground out up the middle. With two outs, Mo Frank knocked a roller down the first base line, and Li was able to make it across home plate unscathed. 

The Ephs got two baserunners in the top of the seventh, as Amanda Siedem drew a lead-off walk, and Ashley Wirth  was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Li hit a ground ball to second, and the Engineers got out of the jam. Williams pitcher Emma Harrington got the RPI order down in order to finish up the game.

Alison Michalik and Tayler Donze had the Ephs other hits. Harrington did not walk, hit or strikeout a batter in her strong performance from the circle.

The first inning of the nightcap was very active, but no runs were scored. Williams put its first two batters on when Michalik led off the game with a triple and Frank walked and move to second on an out. But RPI hurler Stephanie Caudle retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.

The Engineers threated in the bottom of the third, as two batters were hit by pitches. Danielle Balestrini  moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, but Taylor Ten Eyck grounded out to end the inning.

Melissa Cendejas got the Ephs on the board in the top of the fourth with a lead-off double to the warning track in left field. Cendejas advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Priscilla Pino, and came home on a long fly ball by Brenna Martinez  that was caught in foul territory.

Williams scored three times in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. Tayler Donze reached on an error and then stole second. Pino doubled down the left field line to score Donze, and then came home on another Rensselaer fielding error. Li, who had singled to move Pino over, crossed home on the sixth RPI error of the game.

Bovier fanned seven and did not walk a batter in her complete-game effort.

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