Ephs eke out split with Sagehens, take second game 2-1

Casey Pelz '19
Casey Pelz '19

CLAREMONT, CA — The Williams College softball team scored one in the fourth and once in the fifth to rally past Pomona Pitzer in the second game of a doubleheader Friday afternoon. 

The Sagehens (6-14) took the first game by a 4-2 count. Williams moved to 5-5 with the split. The Ephs have Saturday off before facing Occidental Sunday in a doubleheader that begins at 12 p.m. PST.

In Friday's nightcap, Pomona took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Baleigh McCuskey smacked a solo home run off Williams starter Emma Corbett. The Ephs responded quickly as Kristina Alvarado led off the top of the fourth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Jessica Jim. Mackenzie Murphy singled back to the pitcher and Lexi Curt was hit by a pitch to loaded the bases. 

Riley Salvo reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Alvarado to score the tying run. 

Pomona threatend in its half of the fourth as Bianca Cockrel led off with a double and took the third on a fly to right by Izzy Deatherage. At that point, Ephs' head coach Kris Hermann removed Corbett and replaced her with Rebecca DuncanSam Carlson greeted Duncan with a line drive to third baseman Salvo, who quickly turned it into a double play by firing to first to double off the runner and end the inning. 

In the Ephs' fifth, Brenna Martinez led off with a single but was forced at second by Ali Michalik's fielder's choice. Michalik moved to second when Alvarado was thrown out at first, and then scored when Kim lined a two-out single to left for a 2-1 Williams lead. 

Duncan made that one-run lead stand up, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. Her record improved to 3-1 on the season. The Ephs had six hits in the game. Martinez led the way, going 2 for 3. 

In the first game of the day, Sagehen Liz Rodarte was a thorn in the side of the Ephs. Her bases-clearing, two-out, three-run double in the bottom of the second put Pomona up 3-0. Just enough for Rodarte, who went the distance, limiting the Ephs to six hits and two unearned runs while walking one and striking out six.

Williams got on the board in the top of the fourth when Murphy led off with a single and took second on an throwing error on the play. One out later, Margo Beck reached on an error that allowed Murphy to advance to third. Casey pelz came through with an RBI-single to left to make it a 3-1 game. Ashley Wirth followed with a line drive up the middle that seemed destined to be an RBI-single, but Sagehen second sacker Kristen Hong made a diving snag for the second out and Michalik grounded out to end the inning. 

 In the top of the seventh, a pinch-hit single by Riley Salvo got things started. With two outs, Curt Drew a walk and Murphy reached on an error that allowed pinch-runer Michalik to score. But Rodarte induced Corbett to fly out to center to end the game.

Murphy took the loss for the Ephs, giving up five hits and four runs, all earned, while walking no one and striking out one over 5 2/3 innings. The Ephs had six hits. Murphy was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. 

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