CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Williams College softball team suffered a power outage Thursday, dropping a doubleheader to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by scores of 1-0 and 2-1.
Williams fell to 12-5 with the two losses. The Ephs travel to Colby Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. M.I.T. improved to 9-5 with the sweep.
The opener was a great pitcher's duel between Eph first year Alejandra Magana and Engineers' Alexandra Marshall. Marshall retired the first 12 Ephs she faced until Kacey Cramer led off the fifth with a single to right field. The Ephs could not advance pinch-runner Ashley Wirth, who was doubled off first to end the frame.
Williams best and only threat came in the seventh. Erica Li led off with a single up the middle and was sacrificed to second by a Tayler Donze bunt. Lexi Curt was walked. A Cramer grounder to first moved the runners to second and third with two outs.
Marshall and Priscilla Pino then engaged in a huge battle between pitcher and catcher. On the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Pino fouled a ball off of first that was dropped, giving her new life. However, two pitchers later Marshall won the battle — and the game — by inducing another foul off first by Pino, and this time it was caught for the final out.
M.I.T scored what turned out to be the only run of the game in the second inning. Tori Jensen led off with a single through the right side. A groundball moved her to second with two outs. Ali Trueworthy then hit a looping liner up the middle that Eph second baseman Brenna Martinez leaped for, only to have the ball tip of the top of her glove and fall for a hit as Jensen came around to score.
Magana took the hard-luck loss, allowing five hits over six innings while walking no one and striking out two.
In the nightcap, the Engineers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held it until the top of the third when Brooke Bovier led off wth a walk and Li singled pinch-runner Ashley Wirth to second. After a fielder's choice erased Wirth at third, Curt came through with a line drive single to left that scored Li and tied the game at one.
M.I.T. regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out single up the middle from Monica Shifflet.
The Engineers then brough back Marshall for the final two frames. She retired the Ephs in order in the sixth, but gave up a lead-off single to Martinez in the seventh. However, Marshall struck out Pino as pinch-runner Jill Jenkin stole second. Then, much like the first game, the M.I.T. hurler engaged in a long battle with an Eph batter — this time Amanda Siedem — and eventual won the battle by inducing a pop-up. Mackenzie Murphy then hit a frozen rope toward center field that was snagged by Engineers' second baseman Erika Anderson to end the contest.
Bovier pitched well in the loss, allowing on five hits and two runs, both earned, while walking one and striking out five over six innings. Ravenne Nasser picked up the win for M.I.T., going the first five frames and allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two. Marshall picked up the save, giving up a hit while striking out one in two innings.