WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Being down six runs to NESCAC West Division rival Hamilton Sunday may have been alarming to the Williams College softball team, but it wasn't overwhelmng.
After all, the Ephs rallied from a seven-run deficit the day before in a win over the Continentals. Sunday was "Same Song, Different Verse," for the Ephs as they rallied from a 6-0 deficit in game one of a doubleheader to win 7-6, then polished off a three-game sweep of the visitors with an 11-2, five-inning victory in the night cap.
The sweep ran the Ephs win streak to seven and their record to 14-9 overall, 5-0 in the NESCAC West Division. Williams is back in action Thursday, when it travels to RPI for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
Hamilton slipped to 7-16 overall, 0-6 in divisional play.
Williams found itself in a 6-0 hole after the top of the third in the opener Sunday, thanks in part to three-run homer from Continental Ursula Castiblanco in the first and a solo shot from Caitlin Berreitter in the third.
The Ephs comeback began in the bottom of the frame when Lexi Curt singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches. With one out, Rebecca Duncan cracked a two-run hom run to center to cut the deficit to four at 6-2.
Williams added three in the fourth to creep to within one run. Casey Pelz drew a lead-off walk and with two outs, Jessica Kim worked a walk. Curt followed with a two-run double to right center field that made it 6-4. Mackenzie Murphy followed with a ground single back up the middle, and Curt scored when the center fielder overran the ball.
In the Williams fifth, Riley Salvo led off with a double but was still on second with two outs when pinch-hitter Brenna Martinez stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI-single to left to tie the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Curt led off with a laser beam line drive that just cleared the fence in left center for her team-leading sixth home run of the season and gave the Ephs their first lead at 7-6.
Murphy set the Continentals down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to close out the victory. She earned the win in relief of starter Brooke Bovier, tossing four innings of one-hit ball without walking a batter. She fanned two and evened her record at 4-4.
Williams had nine hits. Curt was 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Duncan was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. Daphne Assimakopoulos was 2 for 3 for Hamilton.
Unlike the first two games of the series, Williams controlled the nightcap from the start. Murphy gave the home team an early 2-0 lead when — after Kim had singled and stolen second — she crushed a two-run home to left.
The Ephs added two more in the second and put the game away with a seven-run third while building an 11-0 lead. Martinez, Alvarado, Curt and Alison Michalik had RBI-singles in the third-inning outburst and Murphy had a two-run single.
Rebecca Duncan earned the win, throwing the first three frames and allowing one hit and one walk while fanning four. She did not allow a runner. Senior Dana Cohen finished up the game, hurling the final two frames.
Alvarado was 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored. Murphy was 2 for 3 with four RBI and a run scored. Salvo was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Kendall Searcy was 2 for 4 with a run scored for the Continentals.