Ephs sweep NESCAC rival Tufts, 6-4, 6-5 to improve to 12-3

Brenna Martinez '18
Brenna Martinez '18

MEDFORD, MA — The Williams College softball team stayed unbeaten up north by sweeping conference rival and two-time defending national champion Tufts University Wednesday, winning the opener 6-4 and the nigthcap, 6-5, in a game called after five innings due to darkness. 

The Ephs improved to 12-3 on the season. They are scheduled to play at M.I.T. Thursday in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

Game two ended in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded full of Jumbos and the Ephs clinging to a one-run lead after entering the frame up 6-4. But Eph first-year hurler Alejandra Magana retired Samantha Siciliano on a grounder to second baseman Alison Michalik that ended the inning and the game. Earlier in the inning, left fielder Erica Li had thrown out a runner at the plate. 

The Ephs scored twice in the first as Li doubled to lead off the game and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Tayler Donze singled and scored on a groundout by sophomore catcher Lexi Curt.

The Jumbos tied the score with a pair in the second. Junior Cassie Ruscz led off with a walk and scored on a base hit by sophomore Raven Fournier. Horowitz singled and scored on a free pass to sophomore DH Michelle Chisdak. The Jumbos had another run cut down at the plate as Donze had an assist from right field.

Junior 2B Alison Michalik, Li, and Donze had three straight singles to open the Williams third, with Donze's scoring Michalik. An outfield error on a ball hit by Curt scored two more runs and Williams led 5-2.

Tufts scored single runs in the third and fourth to make it 5-4, but the Ephs added an important insurance run in the top of the fifth when Curt singled and came around on Amanda Siedem's two-out line drive single to center. 

Magana earned the win, allowing nine hits and five walks while striking out one over five innings of work. She was charged with five runs, four earned, and improved to 4-1. 

Williams had nine hits in the win. Siedem was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Li and Done were each 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Donze added an RBI. 

In Wednesday's opener, Brooke Bovier and Mackenzie Murphy held Tufts hitless through five innings in the first game while the Ephs built a 4-0 lead. With the bases loaded in the third, senior Melissa Cendejas drew a walk to bring home the first run and then Brenna Martinez singled home another. Donze doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a ground out making it 3-0 and then doubled home Cendejas with two outs in the fifth for the fourth Eph run.

In the top of the seventh, Martinez crushed a two-run home run to right that did not seem especially meaningful at the time as it made the score 6-0. However, the Jumbos scored four times in the bottom of the frame on a solo homer and a three-run shot before Murphy recorded the final two outs to nail down the win. 

Bovier did not allow a hit or a run in 4.2 innings, but was wild with five walks and four hit-batters. She earned the win improving to 4-1. 

Williams had 11 hits in the win. Martinez went 3 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Donze was 3 for 4 and finished the doubleheader 5 for 7. Kacey Cramer was 2 for 4 with a run scored.