Ephs extend win streak to 11 with 9-0, 9-2 sweep of MCLA

Ephs extend win streak to 11 with 9-0, 9-2 sweep of MCLA

NORTH ADAMS, MA — The Williams College softball team extended its winning treak to 11 games Saturday with 9-0 and 9-2 wins over MCLA at the Zavattaro Athletic Complex. 

The Ephs improved th 18-9 overall. They will host Tufts Monday for a Patriots Day doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. The host Trailblazers fell to 2-20 overall. 

In Saturday's opener, Williams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and never looked back. With two outs and nobody on, Alejandra Magana doubled. Senior captain Alison Michalik then rifled a single to right to score her. 

The Ephs added two in the third and one in the fourth before breaking open the contest with a five-run top of the fifth. In the third, Jessica Kim lined a one-out triple and scored on Lex Curt's RBI-single. Curt eventually came around to score on Rebecca Duncan's infield RBI-single. 

In the fifth, Mackenzie Murphy roped a double and scored on Brenna Martinez's single. Sophomore Casey Pelz followed with a home run to left, a two-run shot that made it 7-0. 

That was more than enough for senior hurler Brooke Bovier, who came within an out of a 5-inning no-hitter. With two outs in the fifth, she gave up back-to-back singles to Morgan Watson and Kara Adams, but retired the next batter on a groundout to end the game. 

Bovier earned her first victory of the season, allowing the two hits and two walks while fanning three. The Ephs had 11 hits in the contest, with Magana hitting 2 for 3 and Michalik going 2 for 3 as well. All nine starters had at least one hit. 

In the nightcap, the Ephs put together a four-run second and then scored three in the fifth and two in the seventh to pull away. In the second, Riley Salvo led off with a double to left and, after an out, Ashley Wirth's single to left sent Salvo to third. 

Kristina Alvarado grounded out to score Salvo, and Kim singled to score Wirth. Curt followed with her team-leading eighth home run, a two-run shot. After MCLA parlayed two hits, an error, a walk and a wild pitch into two runs to make it 4-2, the Ephs scored three big runs in the fifth. 

Curt drew a lead-off walk and Murphy then rocketed a double to score her. Murphy eventually came around to score on a wild pitch, and Duncan, who had reached on an error, scored on Emma Corbett's single to center. 

The Ephs had 12 hits in the win. Curt was 2 for 2 two RBI, two runs scored and the home run. Murphy was 3 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Duncan was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. 

Senior captain Dana Cohen got the start for Williams and went the first 3 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five. Murphy earned the win, allowing one hit over the final 3 2/3 innings. She did not issue a walk and fanned five.