Ephs take two from Cards to sweep series from Little 3 rival

Ephs take two from Cards to sweep series from Little 3 rival

MIDDLETOWN, CT. -- The offense of the Williams College softball team was on a collective roll Saturday as the Ephs scored 19 runs on 30 hits over 12 innings of a 9-0, 10-2 sweep of Little 3 and NESCAC West Division rival Wesleyan University.

The wins improved the Ephs to 22-5 overall, 6-2 in the NESCAC West. Williams will travel to Middlebury Sunday for another key divisional game that starts at 2 p.m. Wesleyan is now 12-15-1 and 2-6 in the West Division. 

In the opener Saturday, Lexi Curt went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and 3 RBI to pace the Ephs' 12-hit attack. Melissa Cendejas was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI, and Alison Michalik was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Seniors Emma Harrington and Emalie Rott combined for the shutout, allowing four hits over five innings of work.

Williams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Michalik reached on an error leading off and scored on Cendejas's bases-loaded single to right. The Ephs added five runs in the third, chasing Wesleyan starter Sue Pardo from the circle.

Mo Frank walked to ignite the uprising and Kacey Cramer was hit by a pitch. Curt then lined a double to right, scoring Frank and moving Cramer to third. Cendejas then doubled, scoring Cramer. After an out, Lindsey Precht doubled home another run and Brenna Martinez followed that with an RBI-single for a 6-0 lead.

The Ephs banged out 18 hits in the 10-2 second game victory. Michalik was 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored, Frank was 3 for 5 with an RBI and three runs scored, Martinez was 2 for 4 with two RBI and run scored and Erica Li was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Curt was 2 for 5 with an RBI. 

Williams took a 1-0 lead in the first when, with one out, Frank tripled and scored on Curt's single to left. The Ephs added three in the second for a 4-0 lead. Priscilla Pino led the inning off with a single and scored two outs later on a triple to right by Michalik. Frank singled to right to score Michalik and, with two outs, Cendejas drew a bases-loaded walk for the third run. 

Wesleyan countered with two runs in its half of the third and it stayed 4-2 until the top of the sixth, when Li led off with a single, advanced on a single by Michalik, too third on a single by Cramer and scored on the play. 

A five-run top of the seventh put the game away for the Ephs. Martinez had a two-run double in the frame, Amanda Siedem had an RBI-single, and Precht had a two-run single. 

Brooke Bovier picked up the win, allowing 10 hits over seven innings of work. She walked two and struck out six in the win.