REDLANDS, CA. — First year Emma Cornett fired five shutout innings Tuesday while Lexi Curt and Mackenzie Murphy drove in two runs each as the Williams College softball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 defeat of Redlands in the second game of a doubleheader.
The win evened the Ephs record at 3-3. They will be at Cal Lutheran Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. PST.
"We are a lot better than we're playing right now," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "As soon as we are able to take a deep breath and relax, we'll be okay."
After being shut out in Tuesday's first game, 4-0, the Ephs came out battling in the nightcap, scoring once in the first when jessica im singled with one out, stole second with two outs and coming home when Curt roped a two-out double.
Corbett escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first with an inning-ended groundout. Her teammates then tacked on another run in the second when sophomore Casey Pelz singled with one out, moved to second on a groundout by Corbett and scored when Kristina Alvarado laced an RBI-single down the right-field line.
Corbett retired seven batters in a row until the bottom of the fourth when Shannon Skrzynski dropped a bunt single. After a fielder's choice, a stolen base and a walk, Corbett snared a comebacker to end the threat.
The Ephs added two more runs in the fifth when Kim singled with two outs and came home on Murphy's second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to left. Williams pushed its fifth run across in the seventh when, with two outs, Kim reached on an error, Murphy singled, and Curt lined an RBI-single back up the middle.
Corbett went five shutout innings for Williams, walking four and striking out one while allowing only two hits to earn her first collegiate victory. Murphy pitched the final two frames, getting out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh when center fielder Alvarado snared a fly ball and doubled a runner off second to end the game.
Curt was 3 for 3 with two RBI. Kim was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and Murphy was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.
In the opener, Redlands' Lindsey Mifsud fired a four-hit shutout at the Ephs, walking one and striking out two. Summer Smith gave Redlands' a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run and Shannon Skrzynski hit a solo shot in the fourth to make it 2-0.
First year Rebecca Duncan took the loss, going five innings and giving up five hits while walking no one and striking out one. Curt, Murphy, Margo Beck and Alejandra Magana had the Ephs hits. Beck's hit was a double.