WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College softball team broke out for 18 runs and 25 hits Wednesday en route to a 7-0, 11-4 sweep of crosstown rival MCLA at Cole Field.
With the sweep the Ephs improved to 24-7 on the season while the Trailblazers slipped to 11-15 overall. Williams opens a critical NESCAC West series with Amherst at home Friday beginning at 5 p.m. MCLA has a key doubleheader with Bridgewater State at home Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
The opener was a pitcher's duel between Eph first year Mackenzie Murphy and MCLA senior Rachel Quackenbush for the first three innings. Eph sophomore Brenna Martinez have the home team a 1-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the second frame when she smacked a solo home run to center field.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth when, with one out, Murphy singled and stole second. Sophomore Margo Beck then ripped a single up the middle to score Murphy for a 2-0 lead. Pinch-runner Kristina Alvarado would score a third run later in the inning on a throwing error.
Williams broke it open in the fifth when Erica Li and Alison Michalik opened the frame with singles and each stole a base. First year Casey Pelz delivered a two-run single for a 5-0 lead and scored on an error. Williams final run came on Li's RBI-single in the sixth.
Murphy earned the win to improve to 10-2 on the season. She allowed three hits over five innings, did not walk a batter and struck out eight. Brooke Bovier finished up with two scoreless innings of relief.
Quackenbush took the loss for MCLA, allowing five hits over four innings. She did not walk a hitter and struck out six.
Martinez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and runs scored for the Ephs. Li was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored.
The nightcap was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Eph first year Alvarado led off with a single and scored on senior Tayler Donze's double to center. Donze scored on a throwing error before seniors Kacey Cramer and Melissa Cendejas produced RBI-doubles for a 4-0 lead.
MCLA would quickly answer with four runs of their own in the top of the fourth. They would parlay five hits and three Eph miscues into four runs to tie the game. Katie Berghela had a two run double to cap the inning for the Trailblazers. Fran Belli also had an RBI single in the inning.
Williams broke out for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to snap the 4-4 tie. Again, Li and Michalik singled to open the frame. Li went to third on an error and Michalik stole second. Curt came through with a booming double to center to give the Ephs a 6-4 lead. Cendejas added another RBI-double and Amanda Siedem plated the final run with a sacrifice fly.
The Ephs added three more runs in the sixth on RBI-singles from Curt, Cendejas and Ashley Wirth. Williams finished with 14 hits. Cendejas was 3 for 4 with three RBI. Curt was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Donze and Michalik were each 2 for 3.
First year Alexander Magana picked up the win, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. dana Cohen got the start for the Ephs, going the first 3 2/3 innings and allowing four hits while walking three and striking out two. Bovier again finished up with two scoreless innings of relief.
Abby Lucas had two hits for MCLA.