Ephs take nightcap with RPI, 8-3, to gain split of doubleheader

Ephs take nightcap with RPI, 8-3, to gain split of doubleheader

WILLIAMSTOWN, MAPriscilla Pino and Brenna Martinez each hit run-scoring doubles in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, helping the Williams Coollege softball team to an 8-3 win and a split of their twinbill with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

The Engineers won the opener in eight innings, 7-6. Both teams move to 18-6 with the split. Williams is scheduled to be back in action Wednesday with a doubleheader at Skidmore which begins at 4 p.m.

In Tuesday's nightcap, Sarah Caudle gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first when she homered to center off Eph starter Alejandra Magana. But Williams tied the game in the bottom of the second when Melissa Cendejas led off with a single and eventually scored on a Tayler Donze groundout. 

The Ephs broke it open in the third when they scored three times to take a 4-1 lead. Alison Michalik led off with a double to right an scored when Kacey Cramer grounded a single just past the diving RPI shortstop. Cramer took second on the throw home and scored when Pino doubledto left center. Pino later scored on Melissa Cendjas' sacrifice fly to center. 

The Ephs held a 5-3 lead entering the bottom of the fifth but salted the game away with three additional runs. Magana led off the frame with a scorching liner that nearly put a hole in the left-field fence and went for a double. Mackenzie Murphy served a single into center to put runners on the corners. A wild ptich allowed Magana to score and Murphy to move to second. Martinez doubled home Murphy and came around to score on a throwing error. 

Magana earned the win, allowing four hits and three runs, two earned, while walking four and fanning five. Li and Michalik were each 2 for 4 with a run scored for the Ephs. Caudle was 1 for 3 with a home run for RPI. 

In the opener, the Engineers trailed 5-3 entering the top fo the seventh but rallied to tie the game and win it in extras. Molly Kollmeier got the 7th inning rally started with a lead-off single. An error put runners on first and second. Taylor Ten Eyck was hit with a pitch to load the bases. 

A wild pitch then put runners on second and third as Kollmeier scored. The Ephs walked Caudle intentionally to load the bases. Morgan Ten Eyck then singled home the tying run and Murphy came on to replace Williams starter Brooke Bovier with the game tied 5-5 and the bases loaded and no outs. The first-year wiggled out of that jam with two strikeouts and a foul out. 

In the seventh the international tiebreaker rule went into effect, and each team started the inning with a runner on second base and no outs. RPI capitalized on its opportunity as an error and a Kollmeier groundout made it 6-5. Taylor Ten Eyck later singled home another run. 

In the bottom of the eighth, a sacrifice bunt by Tayler Donze and a throwing error helped the Ephs put runners on first and second with no outs and down 7-6, but a fly out and a soft liner to short that resulted in a double play ended the game. 

Caudle earned the win, allowing eight hits and six runs, four earned, while walking four and striking out five over eight full innings. Murphy took the loss.

Kollmeier was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Engineers. Caudle was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Morgan Ten Eyck was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

For Williams, Li was 2 for 4 with a run scored and Cramer was 2 for 4 with an RBI.