Eph hurlers quiet Cardinal bats in 1-0, 6-1 sweep

Eph hurlers quiet Cardinal bats in 1-0, 6-1 sweep

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Eph pitchers limited Wesleyan to one run over 14 innings Saturday en route to a 1-0, 6-1 sweep of a doubleheader that kept them ubeaten in the NESCAC West.

First years Alejandra Magana and Mackenzie Murphy combined for the shutout in the opener while junior Brooke Bovier threw a complete-game four-hitter at Wesleyan in the nightcap. 

Williams improved to 17-5 overall, 3-0 in the NESCAC West. The Cardinals fell to 14-9, 0-4 in the West. Williams will host RPI  for a twinbill Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday's opener was an entertaining pitcher's dual between Magana and Wesleyan's Julie McDonald. Baserunners were sparse through the first five innings. Williams threatened in the fourth when Lexi Curt smacked a one-out double to left-center field, but McDonald stranded her there with a groundout and a pop up. 

Wesleyan's Olivia Gorman lined a one-out double in the top of the fifth, but Magana induced a soft liner back to the circle and a ground ball to short to end the frame. 

Williams senior Priscilla Pino led off the bottom of the fifth and smoked a line drive down the left-field line and over the fence for a solo home run and a 1-0 Eph lead. Williams nearly produced a key insurance run when Brenna Martinez and Tayler Donze singled. With two outs, Alison Michalik blooped a basehit into right field, but Gorman threw out pinch-runner Jill Jenkin at the plate to end the inning. 

The Cardinals nearly tied the game in the top of the sixth when Jamie Hom laced a one-out single and took second on a groundout. Rachel Kantor then singled to right but Eph right fielder Donze got a great jump on the ball and her strike to home was in plenty of time for Curt to tag out Hom to end the inning and preserve the 1-0 lead. 

In the Wesleyan seventh, a single by Amanda Roosa chased Magana. Murpht came on and struck out the first batter she faced, but Gorman beat out an infield single and a groundout put Cardinal runners on second and third with two outs.

Mollie Grunat then hit a wicked one-hopper to Eph first baseman Melissa Cendejas, but she corraled the ball in the webbing of her glove as it seemed about to explode past her and stepped on first to end the contest.

Magana allowed seven hits over six scoreless innings and did not walk a batter while striking out two. Murphy allowed one hit in one inning, did not walk a batter and struck out one to earn the save. 

Michalik was the only multiple-hitter in the contest, going 2 for 3. 

The early part of the nightcap was also well-pitched, with Kantor handling the Ephs and Bovier the Cardinals. Williams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when senior Amanda Siedem strokes a long double into the gap in left-center field that scored Cendejas, who had walked to open the inning. 

Wesleyan tied it 1-1 in its half of the third when Gorman led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Isabel Linzer then ripped a triple to the fence in right to score Gorman. 

It stayed that way until the Williams fourth, when Cendejas again drew a lead-off walk and Brenna Martinez followed with a long drive to left that one-hopped the fence and went for an RBI-double, scoring a hustling Cendejas all the way from first.

The Ephs broke it open with a four-run fifth inning. Singles by Erica Li, Curt and Pino loaded the bases for Cramer, who rocketed a deep fly to center that fell for a two-run double. Cendejas then hit a ball with some wicked topspin that managed to elude a couple of fielders and score a run, and Martinez finished the uprising with an RBI-single. 

Bovier earned the win, allowing only four hits over seven innings while walking just one and striking out two. 

Martinez was 2 for 2 with two RBI for the Ephs.