Ephs season comes to an end with 4-0 loss to WPI in NCAA Regional final

Ephs season comes to an end with 4-0 loss to WPI in NCAA Regional final

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- WPI's Clare Doolin and Caroline Medino combined to toss a two-hit shutout Sunday while lead-off hitter Nina Murphy-Cook went 3 for 4 and scored twice in the Engineers 4-0 win over Williams College in the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Tournament's Williamstown Regional.

Murphy-Cook was named the Regional's Most Outstanding Player, WPI improved to 34-9 and will face Tufts in a Super Regional at Tufts next weekend. Williams sees its season conclude with a 32-9 record, the third season in program history an Eph team has won 30 or more games in a single season.

The Engineers wasted no time putting the pressure on the Ephs, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Murphy-Cook beat out a bunt up the third-base line. With one out she stole second and with two outs she scored when Katie Bumila smashed a double to left-center field.

The Ephs put a runner on second in the bottom of the first when Frank worked a one-out walk off Doolin and stole second. She moved to third on Kacey Cramer's hard one-hopper to second, but was stranded when Lexi Curt's fly to center was caught.

The Ephs put the lead-off runner on in the second when Melissa Cendejas worked a one-out walk off Doolin, but two strikeouts and a foul out to left stranded herat first. In the Williams third, Alison Michalik lined a one-out single to short left, but after the second out, she was thrown out trying to steal second to end the frame.

WPI added an insurance run in the top of the fourth when Hope Shevchuk beat out a grounder to the shortstop hole for a single and took second on a wild pitch. Julia Ring pinch-ran for her at that point and with two outs, scored when Kelsey Saucier lined a single to left.

The Ephs made things interesting for Doolin in the bottom of the fourth when Kacey Cramer lined a single to center to open the frame. With one out, Cendejas was hit by a pitch, but Doolin got Tayler Donze to pop out to shortstop and then retired Priscilla Pino on  foul out to third to end the inning.

The Engineers scored twice more in the top of the fifth to account for the scoring. Murphy-Cook looped a single to short right to start it off. She stole second and stayed there as Ama Biney reached on an error. Kristin Gallagher laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, and Bumila made it work by lining a shot back up the middle for a two-run single.

Doolin worked a perfect fifth before coming out of the game. She allowed two hits and two walks over five innings while striking out two. She improved to 17-3 on the season. Medino came on and allowed just a walk to Amanda Siedem in her two innings of work.

Senior Emma Harrington went the distance for the Ephs, pitching seven innings and giving up 12 hits and four runs, two earned. She did not walk or strike out a batter.

Bumila was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI for WPI. Murphy-Cook was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Shevchuk was 2 for 3.

The All-Regional Team was announced following the game. The 10-member team is as follows:

Amanda Meczywor -- MCLA

Grace Kucharski -- Western New England

Lauren Zambrano -- Western New England

Emma Harrington -- Williams

Lexi Curt -- Williams

Melissa Cendejas -- Williams

Ama Biney -- WPI

Clare Doolin -- WPI

Kelsey Saucier -- WPI

Nina Murphy-Cook -- WPI (Most Outstanding Player).

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