Ephs pull off third straight sweep to improve to 6-0

Lexi Curt '18
Lexi Curt '18

CLERMONT, FL. -- The Williams College softball team took a break from the dramatic and instead turned to the demonstrative Tuesday, defeating Wisconsin-Platteville 14-4 and St. Norbert 10-2 to improve to 6-0 on the season. 

First-year Jessica Kim went a combined 7 for 9 on the day, including a 4 for 4 performance in the win over St. Nobert. The Ephs have Wednesday off before playing a doubleheader against Western Connecticut Thursday back at the NTC.

Williams built an 8-0 lead against Plateville and then used a six-run topof the seventh to put the game even further out of reach. 

The Ephs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mackenzie Murphy double home Erica Li, who had reached on an error. Leading 5-0, they scored three more time in the fifth as Lexi Curt smacked an RBI-double and scored on Murphy's single. 

In the big seventh inning, Curt had another RBI-double, as did Brenna Martinez. Kim lined a two-run single. 

Murphy was 2 for 3 with three RBI, while Kim was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. 

Murphy picked up her third victory against no losses, tossing 4 1/3 innings and allowing only two hits and a single walk while striking out eight batters. Dana Cohen saw her first action of the season from the circle, striking out three over 2 2/3 innings of work. 

In the nightcap, the Ephs walked off mercy-rule winners as a three-run bottom of the sixth made it 10-2 and invoked the eight-run mercy rule. 

The Ephs fell behind after St. Norbert's Emily Laufer lined a two-run double down the left-field line in the top of the first, but answered with 10 straight runs. In a four-run bottom of the second, Ashley Wirth got things started with an RBI-single. Erica Li grounded a two-run single and Kim scored Li with an RBI-single of her wown.

In the bottom of the fourth, following a Priscilla Pino single, Brenna Martinez launched a two-run jack to deep left for a 6-2 lead. 

The Ephs had 12 hits in the win, led by Kim's 4 for 4 performance. Wirth was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Pino was 2 for 4 with a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth. She then raced home on a wild pitch to end the contest. 

Brooke Bovier picked up the win, allowing three hits over six innings while walking four and fanning four.