Ephs open northern slate with 6-4, 5-2 sweep of Wheaton

Lexi Curt '18
Lexi Curt '18

NORTON, MA -- The Williams College softball team opened its northern slate of games Tuesday by snapping a brief three-game losing streak with a 6-4, 5-2 sweep of a doubleheader at Wheaton (MA) College. 

The Ephs improved to 10-3 with the sweep and are at two-time defending national champion Tufts for a doubleheader Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m.

In Tuesday's opener, the Ephs trailed the Lyons 4-1 entering the top of the sixth. With one out, Kacey Cramer ignited the comeback with a double. Alejandra Magana then singled to third and Jill Jenkin ran for Cramer. Priscilla Pino roped a double to left that scored Jenkin and moved Magana to third. Both runners scored when Melissa Cendejas' shot to center was dropped for an error. That tied the score at 4-4. 

In the top of the seventh, Jessica Kim reached on a one-out error and Lexi Curt followed with a two-run blast to left for her fourth home run of the season and a 6-4 lead.

Magana retired Wheaton 1-2-3 in its half of the seventh to close out the win. She earned the victory, throwing four shutout innings of relief from the circle. She allowed two hits and one walk while not striking out a batter. 

The Ephs had nine hits in the win. Magana was 2 for 2, Pino was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored and Curt was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. 

In the nightcap the Ephs scored once each in the first and third innings and led 2-1 entering the top of the sixth when they plated three runs to break the game open. 

In the first, Erica Li led off the game with a single and scored when Curt lined a shot down the left-field line which went for an RBI-double. In the third, Kim led off with a single, Curt followed with a single and Cramer followed that with an RBI-single scoring Kim. 

In the sixth, a single by Melissa Cendejas was the Ephs' only hit,  but walk, error and wild pitch helped Williams plate three runs. 

Wheaton tried to rally in its half of the sixth when three straight singles loaded the bases with no outs. But Williams starter Brooke Bovier induced a sacrifice fly, struck out the next batter and then got a pop up to end the threat.

Bovier (3-1) picked up the win, allowing nine hits over seven innings while walking two and striking out eight. 

Williams had nine hits in the win. Curt was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Cramer was 2 for 3 with an RBI.