Ephs suffer first setback as St. Thomas rallies for 12-9 victory

Melissa Cendejas '16
Melissa Cendejas '16

CLERMONT, FL. -- The Williams College softball team appeared posied for its ninth straight win after yet another comeback Friday -- but on this day its opponent was the one whose final at-bat provided the winning margin. 

The University of St. Thomas rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Ephs, 12-9, at the National Training Center. The Ephs fall to 8-1 on the season, as their second game of the day with Wisconsin-Oshkosh was washed away by rain. 

The Ephs conclude their Florida trip Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest against the University of Chicago and a 1 p.m. match-up against Luther College.

Against St. Thomas, the Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Lexi Curt lined a smash to the gap in left-center field and two St. Thomas outfielder's collided. Curt raced around the bases for an inside-the-park  home run. 

Williams scored three times in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Melissa Cendejas singled to open the frame and Tayler Donze sacrificed her to second. Erica Li singled to put runners on the corners. St. Thomas elected to walk Curt intentionally, but on the third pitch, and illegal pitch was called and Cendejas scored the go-ahead run. The Tommies took off the intentional walk and Curt followed with a bomb over the left-center field fence for a two-run homer and a three-run lead.

The Tommies responded with a seven-run top of the fourth to take an 8-4 lead. Williams responded with a five-run bottom of the fifth to take a 9-8 lead. Li had an RBI-double, Mackenzie Murphy had a two-run single and Priscilla Pino gave Williams the lead back with a two-out, two-run single up the middle. 

The Ephs had 10 hits in the loss. Curt reached base four times, finishing 2 for 2 with two runs scored and three RBI.