WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams College sophomore Brooke Bovier threw a three-hit shutout in game one Wednesday against Western Connecticut, then came back in the nightcap to get the final two outs and earn a save as the Eohs swept the Colonials, 8-0 and 5-4.
The sweep pushes Williams record to 19-5 and its win streak to four games heading into a Friday afternoon contest to be played at Little 3 rival Wesleyan. Western Connecticut fell to 14-10 overall.
Alison Michalik and Lexi Curt both went 3 for 4 with two RBI in the opener, a game ended in the sixth inning because of the eight-run mercy rule. The Ephs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in first when Michalik singled, was sacrificed to second by Mo Frank, and scored after a pair of wild pitches.
Williams added three runs in the second for a 40 lead as Michalik and Frank had RBI singles, and added a run in the fourth when a Michalik double scored Eria Li. Leading 5-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Ephs put runners on second and third with two outs when Curt stroked a long double to make it 7-0, then dashed home moments later on a wild pitch, just beating the tag on a close play that ended the game.
Bovier was in control from the outset, walking just two while giving up three hits and striking out eight Colonials over six shutout innings of work.
Alle Sabith (7-6) took the loss for the Colonials, allowing five runs, all earned, on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings. Christine Bighinatti was 2 for 2 for WConn.
The Colonials took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap when Jenna Gaudioso launched a solo home run to left field, but the Ephs came back with four runs in the bottom of the frame to build a 4-1 lead. Curt, Tayler Donze and Melissa Cendejas had back-to-back-to-back RBI singles in the frame and Amanda Siedem's sacrifice bunt scored Donze with the fourth run.
The Colonials cut into that lead when Erin Weber led off the fourth with a single and Michaela Roche followed with a two-run blast to left that made it 4-3.
The Ephs got a run back in their half of the on Lindsey Precht's clutch two-out, RBI-single. A solo homer from WConn's Weber in the sixth made it 5-4, but depsite putting two runners on in the seventh, the Colonials could not score the equalizer as Bovier came on to earn a two-out save.
Precht and cendejas were each 2 for 3 with an RBI for Williams. Harrington (9-2) earned the win, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing four runs, all earned, on seven hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
Weber was 2 for 4 for WConn. Emily Cintorino took the loss, giving up 10 hits and six runs over six innings. She walked one batter and struck out four.