MEDFORD, MA — Shelby Lipson's two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth made the difference Sunday as No. 1 Tufts edged the Williams College softball team, 1-0, the the 2015 NESCAC Tournament championship game.
Tufts won its fourth consecutive NESCAC title — the second straight season it vanguished the Ephs to do it — and improved to 41-0 in the process while also garnering the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The heartbreaker dropped Williams to 30-7.The Ephs will await news of a possible at-large berth into the 2015 NCAA Tournament to be announced late Sunday/early Monday.
Eph senior Emma Harrington matched zeroes with Tufts Allyson Fournier through five full frames. After Fournier put up another zero in the top of the sixth, her teammate Cassie Ruscz opened the bottom with a single and was pinch run for by Sara Willner-Giwerc. Harrington retired the next two batters, with a groundout advancing the runner to third. Lipson came through with the biggest hit of the day, lining a single to center for the game's only run.
Fournier (25-0) retired the Ephs in order in the seventh on three pop ups. She allowed two hits and no walks while fanning 14 in the victory. Harrington (14-4) also hurled a complete game, giving up seven hits over six innings, walking one and striking out two.
Williams put runners on in each of the first three innings. In the first, Mo Frank grounded a one-out single up the middle but was stranded at first. In the second, Melissa Cendejas lined a one-out single to left but was stranded as well. In the third, Alison Michalik reached on an error following a bunt. attempt. With two outs she stole second, but was left there as Fournier fanned the final hitter of the inning.
Ruscz went 2 for 3 for the Jumbos.