WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- A seven-run third inning helped propel Williams College past Trinity, 10-2, in the first game of the 2016 NESCAC Tournament. The game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-eun mercy rule.
The Ephs (30-8) advance to face the winner of Tufts-Amherst Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Bantams (18-13) will face the loser of Amherst-Tufts Saturday morning at 10 in the first elimination game of the tournament.
Senior Erica Li went 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored while junior Brooke Bovier improved to 9-2 on the season for Williams, throwing five innings and allowing six hits and one walk while striking out five Bantams.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Nicole Towner smashed a solo home run to center field. The Ephs answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Kacey Cramer was hit with a pitch and Melissa Cendejas walked. Cramer advanced to third on a flyout by Amanda Siedem before senior Tayler Donze beat out a beautiful bunt for a single that scored Cramer with the tying run.
With two outs and the bases loaded, sophomore Lexi Curt lined a single to right-center to score two runs and give Williams a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the third, Trinity put runners on first and second with no outs, but Eph second baseman Ali Michalik made a diving stab of a line drive off the bat of Erica Quinones, tossed to Cendejas at first who in turn fired to Jessica Kim at second to complete a triple play.
Trinity cut into its deficit in the top of the fourth when Courtney Erickson drilled a solo home run to center that made it 3-2.
But the Ephs put the game away in the bottom of the fourth, scoring seven runs on three hits. Li had both of her hits in the inning, leading off with a single and scoring when Curt struck out on a ball in the dirt but was safe at first when the ball bounced away.
Two batters later, Cramer made it 6-2 when she looped a two-run double into left-center field. Pinch-hitter Margo Beck drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 7-2 and Li finished what she started by smoking a three-run triple into the right-center field gap.
Bovier struck out the side in the top of the fifth to conclude the contest.
Rachael Smith took the loss for Trinity, allowing 10 hits and 10 runs, six earned, while walking eight and striking out two.