Ephs blank Little 3 rival Wesleyan, 7-0

Ephs blank Little 3 rival Wesleyan, 7-0

MIDDLETOWN, CT.Brooke Bovier and Emma Harrington combined a three-hit shutout Friday, hurling the Williams College softball team to a 7-0 victory in the opener of a three-games series at Little 3 and NESCAC West Division rival Wesleyan University.

The Williams pitchers were backed up by a 3 for 4 performance by Alison Michalik, who drove in three runs, and a 3 for 4 day by Mo Frank, who drove home two runs in the win. The Ephs improved to 20-5 with the win, 4-2 in the NESCAC West.

The two teams are back in action Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

In the top of the first Friday, the Ephs grabbed a 1-0 lead after two batters when Michalik led off the game with a double and Frank singled to center to bring her home. Williams tacked on fourmore to start in the second to build a 5-0 lead.

Senior Lindsey Precht got the rally start with a one-out double to center. Brenna Martinez single dher to third. Erica Li then reached on a fielder's choice that loaded the bases. It was Michalik who cleared them, lining a three-run triple to right for a 4-0 lead. Frank scored her when she beat out a bunt back to the circle.

Bovier no-hit the Cardinals for the first three innings, facing just 10 batters, the only baserunner coming on an error.

In the top of the fourth, Michalik led off with a single and one out later Kacey Cramer worked a walk, Lexi Curt's opposite-field double plated one run and Melissa Cendejas's fielder's choice played another for a 7-0 lead.

Singles by Angelina Massoia and Jill Gately put runners on first and second with one out in the Wesleyan fourth, but Bovier got a fly our and a comebacker to the circle to end the threat. The sophomore did not walk a batter and struck out three over her five shutout innings. Harrington finished up, giving up a two-out single in the seventh before ending the contest. She fanned two and did not walk a batter in her two innings of work.