SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Williams College softball team allowed one earned run Wednesday while banging out five home runs en route to a 4-0, 9-1 sweep of Skidmore College at Wagner Park.
The sweep moved the Ephs to 20-6 overall heading into a NESCAC West showdown with Hamilton that begins Friday with a single game starting at 5 p.m. Skidmore fell to 9-17 with the two defeats.
In the opener, first year Mackenzie Murphy was in complete control from the circle, limiting the Thoroughbreds to three hits while walking only two and striking out seven over her complete-game, seven-inning effort.
Murphy had three 1-2-3 innings in the win and only allowed Skidmore two baserunners in the same inning once, that coming in the bottom of the second just after Williams had taken a 1-0 lead. Cassie Fishkin and Kacey Antonito sandwiched singles around an out to put runners on first and second, but Murphy induced a combacker to the circle for the second out and a pop out to second from Jill Strileckis ended the threat.
The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Priscilla Pino and Melissa Cendejas led off the inning with singles. Murphy's groundout forced Cendejas at second and put runners on the corners. Murphy then stole second and as she did, Pino stole home for a 1-0 lead.
Williams scored three times in the third to make it a 4-0 affair. Kacey Cramer led off the inning with a home run to center field. Kristina Alvarado singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third when Cendejas reached on a fielding error.
Murphy scored Alvarado with a groundout to short, and with two outs, Amanda Siedem singled home Cendejas for the four-run lead.
The Ephs had eight hits in the victory, with Cramer leading the way by going 2 for 4 with an RBi and run scored.
In the nightcap, Pino started the longball barrage with a solo home run with two outs in the top of the first. Williams then erupted for eight runs in the third inning, including three more home runs.
With one out, Alvarado walked and stole second. Erica Li then crushed her second home run of the season -- and of her career -- for a 3-0 lead. Tayler Donze went small ball and beat out a bunt for a single, then stole second. Pino walked and first year Alejandra Magana delivered an RBI-single for a 4-0 lead.
Cendejas followed with another RBI-single and sophomore Brenna Martinez then delivered a three-run blast to make it 8-0. With two outs and no one on, first year Casey Pelz cracked a solo shot for a 9-0 lead. It was her first collegiate home run.
The benefactor in all this was Magana, who cruised through five innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run while walking no one and striking out three to impove to 7-2 on the season.
The Ephs had seven hits by seven different players in the victory.