Ephs settle for split with Hamilton after rallying for win in opener

Ephs  settle for split with Hamilton after rallying for win in opener

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Three outs from a sweep Saturday, the Williams College softball team was forced to settle for a sweep as Hamilton scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning of the nightcap to post a 7-3 victory. 

The Ephs had scored 10 runs in the final three innings of the opener to post a 13-6 victory. With the split, Williams sits at 22-7 on the season, 5-1 in the NESCAC West Division. Hamilton moved to 10-15, 3-6 in the West. 

Williams is set to host cross-town rival MCLA Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

In the opener, Hamilton scored five times in the bottom of the first to take a 5-1 lead and still led 6-3 entering the top fo the fifth. But the Ephs scored four times in the fifth and sixth runs in the seventh to pull away. 

Alison Michalik led off the Eph fifth with a single and Priscilla Pino was hit by a pitch. With one out, the runners moved up on a pitch in the dirt and Melissa Cendejas came trhough with a two-run double to make it 6-5 Hamilton. After a second out, Mackenzie Murphy singled home Cendejas to tie the game. Amanda Siedem then drew a walk and Tayler Donze was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Erica Li came through with a single that scored Murphy with the go-ahead run.

The Ephs put the game away with a six-run top of the seventh. Murphy got things started with a lead-off double. Siedem singled her home. After an out, Li beat out a bunt for a single. Pinch-hitter Ashley Wirth followed with a single between third and short that scored Siedem for a 9-6 lead.

First year Casey Pelz then pinch hit for Kacey Cramer and ripped a two-run double down the left-field line. With the bases loaded and two outs, Murphy ripped a two-run single to right that accounted for the final score. 

The Ephs had 17 hits in the win. Murphy was 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Siedem was 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Li was 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. 

Murphy picked up ther win with four innings of shutout relief, allow just two hits while walking no one and striking out two. She improved to 9-2 on the season. 

The Ephs fell in an early 2-0 hole in the night cap but scored single runs in the second, third and fifth and led 3-2 entering the bottom of the six before the Continentals exploded for five runs to take the contest. 

In the second, Siedem singled to right center to score Pino, who led off with a single. In the third, Donze doubled and was singled home by Pino. In the fifth, Donze walked, advanced to second and scored when Cendejas ripped a two-out, RBI-single down the right-field line. 

First year Alejandra Magana went the distance, allowing six hits and seven runs, only five earned. She walked two and did not strike out a batter.