MEDFORD, MA — Tayler Donze's two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Kacey Cramer with the winning run and lifted the Williams College softball team to a 3-2 victory over Bowdoin on the first day of the 2015 NESCAC Tournament played at Tufts University.
Williams improved to 29-5 with the win and advances to the winner's bracket battle tomorrow with host Tufts University (39-0). Tufts blanked Middlebury earlier in the day, 2-0. Bowdoin falls to 27-14 and will play the Panthers at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Ephs had no one on with two outs in the 10th when Cramer drew a walk. Lexi Curt's bloop to center just beyond second was dropped for an error, and on a 1-1 pitch, Donze ripped a liner into right that rolled all the way to the fence, allowing Cramer to score the winning run.
The Williams rally made a winner out of Emma Harrington, who hurled 5 2/3 innings of shutout relief, giving up on two hits in that stint, walking no one and striing out six to improve to 13-2 on the season.
The victory was Harrington's 49th of her career, tying Katherine Baldwin '03 for the all-time record at Williams.
Kacey Cramer lined a RBI-single to right after fouling off a couple of two-strike pitches, scoring Michalik. Curt stuck out on a 3-2 pitch and Cramer was thrown out attempting to steal second. On the play however, Frank scampered home for a 2-0 lead.
For the first four innings, Bovier kept the Polar Bears off balance, although they did get a runner on with two outs in the second, third, and fourth. But in the top of the fifth, Tori Rusch led off with a double to the gap in left-center field. Rusch move to third on a sacrifice by Emily Griffin.
However, Claire McCarthy rocketed a double to right field to cut the Williams lead to 2-1. Adrienne Krul then hit a rocket to straight center that Frank made a diving over the should attempt and seemingly had the ctach for a moment, but the ball rolled free and went for an RBI-double that tied the game at two. Cielle Collins followed by lining a ball off Bovier to put runners on the corners and that was it for Bovier, as senior Emma Harrington took over from the circle.
Harrington escaped the jam without allowing the go-ahead run, inducing a pop up and striking out the next batter to leave the runners stranded.
The Ephs threatened in the sixth when Frank drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout. After Curt drew a walk, Donze flied out to left to end the threat.
Bowdoin put the go-ahead run on with two outs in the top of the seventh when Krul lined her second double of the day, a line drive over short that made it to the warning track before Frank tracked it down.
The Williams' seventh began with Cendejas ripping a 3-2 pitch through the left side of the infield for a single. Lindsey Precht then laid down a perfect bunt on an 0-1 pitch, dropping the ball six feet up the first-base line and having it die on the foul line. Brenna Martinez then hit a medium fly ball to right, far enough to advance Cendejas to third. Pino then pinch-hit for Erica Li, hitting a grounder to short that advanced pinch-runner Ashley With to second as Cendejas held her ground at third.
Geaumont then induced Michalik into an inning-ending grounder to second base.
Frank led off the bottom of the eighth by beating out a bunt. Cramer sacrificed her to second. After Curt was retired, Donze drilled a deep fly to left that Bowdoin's Collins flagged down at the last second before landing for a game-winning double.
McCarthy poked her second double of the game leading off the 10th inning, breaking up a string of seven in a row retired by Harrington. Krul sacrificed pinch-runner Lauren Nguyen to third, but Harrington got a runner-feezing grounder to third for the second out and fanned the next batter to escape the threat.
Bowdoin had eights hits. Krul was 2 for 3, McCarthy 2 for 4 and Collins 2 for 5. The Ephs finished with seven hits, Frank leading the way with a 2 for 4 day.