WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Senior Kacey Cramer ripped an RBI-single between short and third with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday, giving the Williams College softball team a 4-3 win over NESCAC West rival Middlebury at Cole Field.
The win improved the Ephs' overall record to 27-8 an 8-2 in the NESCAC West. Middlebury fell to 20-9, 4-5 in the NESCAC West. The two teams will meet again tomorrow in a doubleheader slated to begin at 12 p.m.
The winning rally got started by Alison Michalik, who le off the Williams seventh with a walk. As Lexi Curt flew out to left, Michalik hustled to third on a pair of Middlebury errors. The Panthers elected to walk Mackenzie Murphy and Melissa Cendejas to load the bases, but Cramer folied that strategy with her game-winning single.
Middlebury had a chance to break the 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh when Siobhan O'Sullivan lined a two-out double to right center. Murphy then engaged in quite the battle with Panther Carlyn Vachow, who fouled off five straight two-strike pitches before flying out to Eph right fielder Tayler Donze.
The Panthers had tied the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Sarah Freyre came off the bench and delivered a two-run pinch-hit homer, a scorching liner to center field, which was her fourth of the spring and second in as many games. Pinch-runner Ande Troutman scored on the play.
Williams took a 1-0 lead in the second when Murphy cracked a solo home run to left center, her fifth homer of the season. It ewas the fourth consecutive game Murphy has connected for a home run. The Ephs made it 2-0 with two outs in the third when Lexi Curt smacke her fifth home run of the season, a solo shot that tied Murphy for the team lead.
The Panthers cut into the lead in the top of the fourth when Hye-Jin Kim delivered an RBI-single to right that scored Vachow, who had singled, stolen second, and moved to third on a groundout.
Murphy picked up her 11th win of the season by throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just the oe hit. Brooke Bovier got the start for the Ephs and went the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs.
Murphy and Kim were each 2 for 3 for the Ephs, who had seven hits.
Allison Quigley took the loss for Middlebury, throwing 3 1/3 innings of relief and allowing two hits and two runs, one earned, while waking four and fanning one. Neve Stearns started for the Panthers and went the first three frames, allowing two runs.
Erin Giles went 2-3 with a double for Middlebury, while Emma Hamilton was 1-2 and walked twice.