Ephs open season with sweep down South

Erica Li '16
Erica Li '16

CLERMONT, FL. -- The motto of the Williams College softball team for 2016 is as simple as it straightforward.

When it's your turn, be ready.

The Ephs demonstrated their deep belief in that Sunday as they opened their campaign with two impressive victories: one a wild come-from-behind 7-6 win over Wellesley, and one a 2-0 shutout of Oswego (N.Y.) State. 

The Ephs are now 2-0. They play two more games Monday, facing Whitworth at 11 a.m. and Eastern Connecticut State at 1 p.m.

"it was a good day for the good guys," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "A lot of good things happened. We hit the ball well, we played everyone that could play, all the freshmen who are healthy saw action. But for us it all starts with the six seniors. They all understand the game, they  all understand what each has to do, and they all get after it pretty good."

Early on the Ephs trailed Wellesley 6-0 as junior Brooke Boiver allowed a three-run homer in the first and a two-run jack in the second. But she settled down after that, not allowing a hit to the Blue over the final five frames. 

She received some help too, as sophomore Brenna Martinez made a run-saving play at second base with two outs, and then in the top of the seventh with the score tied at six, following a lead-off walk, Amanda Siedem made a terrific running catch in deep center, crashing through the temporary fence at the same time. 

The Ephs had tied it in the fifth with six runs. Tayler Donze and Erica Li got things started with singles. Priscilla Pino singled to center driving in the first run and took second when the throw went home. Lexi Curt then singled up the middle to drive in another run. 

With two outs, Kacey Cramer kept things going with an RBi-single. Martinez then came through with a double into the left-center field gap that madce it a 6-4 game. After a pitching change, first year Jessica Kim rifled a grounder through the right side that scored two and tied the game. 

The Ephs won it in the bottom of the seventh when Melissa Cendejas led off with a single and was pinch-run for by Ajeandra Magana. Alison Michalik then blasted a double to right-center, moving the winning run to third. After an out, Erica Li lined a game-winning single that scored Magana. 

Bovier (1-0) earned the win, tossing 127 pitches in a yeoman's effort. She allowed six hits and walked seven while striking out two. 

Li led a 14-hit attack by going 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Martinez was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Curt was 2 for 4 with an RBI. 

In the nightcap, Mackenzie Murphy made her collegiate debut one to remember, scattering four hits over seven shutout innings while striking out five. Pino backed her with a solo home run.