Ephs 4-0 after a pair of victories in final at-bat

Priscilla Pino '16
Priscilla Pino '16

CLERMONT, FL. -- Good things keep happening for the Williams College softball team as the Ephs kept their dramatic ways going for a second straight day with a walk-off 7-6 win over Whitworth and a 4-3 victory over Eastern Connecticut State that came in their final at-bat. 

The Ephs are now 4-0 on the season heading into another doubleheader Tuesday. Williams will face Wisconsin-Platteville at 3 p.m. and St. Norbert at 5 p.m. Both games are back at the National Training Center. 

"We continue to battle, and I think that's what this team is all about," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman. "Our ability to bounce back is really the key to our success. Once again, everyone contributed to these wins, and that will be the case going forward."

In the nightcap Monday, the Ephs trailed EConn 1-0 and 2-1 but rallied for the 4-3 victory. Knotted 3-3 going into the top of the seventh, senior Tayler Donze ignited the winning rally with a lead-off single back up the middle. Erica Li followed by beating out a bunt down the first-base line for a single, but the next two batters were retired.

Mackenzie Murphy then drew an intentional walk to load the bases for senior Priscilla Pino, who delivered an RBI-single back up the middle to score Donze for the 4-3 lead. 

First year Alejandra Magana allowed a two-out single to left in the bottom of the inning, but retired the final Warrior hitter on a foul pop up to first to end the contest. She scattered eight hits over seven innings in her collegiate debut, walking only one and striking out one. 

The Ephs trailed 1-0 early but tied it in the top of the third when Donze ripped a one-out single and stole second. Li then beat out a bunt to the right of the circle, taking second on the play. A sacrifice fly to center from first-year Jessica Kim tied the game. 

Williams trailed 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Murphy led off the inning with a booming triple to right center. With two outs, first-year Casey Pelz put together a great at-bat, one in which she won by singling through the left side of the infield to score Murphy and tie the game. 

The Ephs took the lead in the top of the fifth as Donze reached on a double and scored when Kim's ball to center was misplayed into a double.

Donze went 3 for 3 in the win while Murphy was 2 for 3. 

In Monday's first game, the Ephs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, trailed 5-3 before a Lexi Curt solo home run cut the deficit to 5-4, then trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the sixth. Kacey Cramer led off the frame with a single and was pinch-run for by Ashley Wirth. Alison Michalik followed with a double that score Wirth to make it 6-5 and took third on the play when an errant throw was made. Murphy then grounded out to second to score Michalik with the tying run. 

It stayed 6-6 until the bottom of the seventh. Donze led off with a single and took second on an throwing error on the play. Li drew a walk and Pino then drilled a game-winning single to right field that scored Donze.

Pino's single made a winner out of Murphy, who hurled four innings of four-hit relief, allowing just one unearned run. She did not walk or strike out a batter while improving to 2-0. Brooke Bovier got the start, going three innings and allowing three hits, five runs, all earned, while walking five and striking out one. 

The Ephs had nine hits. Donze was 2 for 3 and Pino 2 for 4 with two RBI.