Ephs West Coast trip ends with two losses at La Verne

Brenna Martinez '18
Brenna Martinez '18

LA VERNE, CA — The Williams College softball team concluded its West Coast spring break trip Tuesday, rallying in each game before losing game one, 6-5, and the nightcap, 5-2. 

The Ephs finish the trip 7-9 overall. They are scheduled to play at Little 3 rival Wesleyan Friday at 4 p.m. in their New England opener. 

Williams found itself trailing 5-1 after the first six innings of game one Tuesday, its lone run coming from a solo home run from junior catcher Lexi Curt. However, the Ephs rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game 5-5. 

Casey Pelz ignited the rally with a double to center field and Brenna Martinez followed with a single to left. With runners on second and third and one out, Martinez scored on a wild pitch. First year Riley Salvo then came through with a pinch-hit RBI-single to make it 5-3. 

Jessica Kim reached on a fielder's choice that forced Salvo out at second, but then promptly stole second. Curt then launched her second home run of the game, this one to left center, to tie the game at 5-all. 

The Ephs appeared poised to take the lead in the top of the seventh when first year Rebecca Duncan led off with a double. Margo Beck laid down a perfect sarifice bunt to move her to third with one out, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat. 

La Verne walked off with the win in the bottom of the seventh when Carly Condon doubled to left leading off. After an intentional walk, Katheryn Navarro lined a single to left that easily scored Condon with the game-winner. 

Mackenzie Murphy took the loss for the Ephs, going six-plus innings and allowing 12 hits, six runs, all earned, and walking two while striking out no one. Curt was 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored and her two home runs. Murphy was 2 for 4 at the dish. 

The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning of the nightcap when Duncan hit a ground-rule double to left, moved to third on a groundout by Pelz and scored when Salvo put a ball in play that was misplayed. 

Williams trailed however, 2-1, entering the top of the sixth. But Kim roped a ground-rule double to left and Curt followed with an RBI-double to tie things, 2-2. However, with two on and one out in the bottom of the inning, La Verne's Angelica DeAngelo hit a three-run home run to left for a 5-2 lead and the Ephs went quietly in the seventh. 

Duncan took the loss, going six innings and giving up nine hits and five runs, all earned, while walking one and striking out five. Williams had six hits, with six different players garnering one each. 

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