Ephs rally for sweep of Western Connecticut

Tayler Donze '16
Tayler Donze '16

CLERMONT, FL. -- On the fourth day, the Williams College softball team went for the dominant -- and the dramatic. 

After taking game one of a doubleheader with Western Connecticut, the never-say-die Ephs went back to their dramatic ways, scoring seven times with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to an 8-3 win and a sweep of the twinbill. 

The wins run Williams' win streak in Florida to eight. The 8-0 Ephs will take on St. Thomas Friday at 9 a.m. and Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 11 a.m.

"More of the same for us today," Ephs' Kris Herman said. "Our seniors really fueled the rally, all three pitchers pitched well, and we really battled and took advantage of their mistakes. More importantly, we didn't let the mistakes we made affect us in a negative fashion."

Down 3-1 entering the bottom of the sixth of the nightcap, senior Kacey Cramer got things started with a long double to center field. Pinch-hitter Tayler Donze then ripped a shot down the left-field line for a single. Erica Li was intentionally walked to load the bases, a move that temporarily paid off for WConn as Ashley Wirth's grounder to third resulted in Cramer being forced out at home for the second out. 

Alison Michalik then hit a bounding ball to short that resulted in her beating a bang-bang play at first base, which allowed Donze to score and make it 3-2. First year Jessica Kim then looped a ball into short left field to score both Li and Wirth for a 4-3 lead. On ball four to Priscilla Pino, Michalik scored when the ball got to the backstop for a 5-3 lead. Lexi Curt followed with a rocket to left center that went for a two-run double, and Mackenzie Murphy completed the uprising with a single to left that scored Curt for an 8-3 lead. 

First year Alejandra Magana picked up the win for the Ephs, going the first six innings and allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Brooke Bovier pitched a scoreless top of the seventh to close out the victory. 

Williams had 12 hits in the win. Kim was 3 for 4 with three RBI. Curt was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Li was 1 for 1 with two runs scored. 

The Ephs led 2-0 early in the opener, extended that to 5-0 and scored seven times in their final two at-bats to win going away, 12-2. Li was 4 for 5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Kim was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI. Cramer was 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored, and Donze was 2 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored. 

The Ephs took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second. Pino drew a lead-off walk and Cramer followed with a single to left. After an out, Melissa Cendejas reached on an error that loaded the bases. Donze cam through with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Pino for a 1-0 lead. Li beat out an infield hit that re-loaded the bases, and Kim beat out a grounder to short for an RBI-single and a two-run advantage.

Williams made it 5-0 in the fourth. Cendejas, Donze and Li had consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs and Kim drove a ball through the left side that had enough zip on it to roll all the way to the fence in left-center, scoring all three runners for the five-run lead.

Murphy earned the win from the circle, going seven innings and allowing six hits, two runs, one earned, walking two and striking out three.