WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams College sophomore Jessica Kim went 4 for 6 Monday, scoring four runs and driving in three — including a game-deciding home run in the opener — as the Ephs swept NESCAC rival Tufts, 3-2 and 9-1 at Cole Field.
The two wins extended Williams' win streak to 13 games and improved its overall record to 20-9. Tufts saw its losing streak reach five games and the Jumbos slipped to 14-11 overall. Williams is back in action Tuesday at home for a doubleheader with Smith beginning at 4 p.m.
The opener was a tightly contested pitcher's duel between Eph Rebecca Duncan and Tufts' Raina Galbiati. The Ephs' opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with an unearned run. Casey pelz drew a lead-off walk and Kristina Alvarado dropped down a beautiful bunt for a base hit. Kim's grounder forced Alvarado at second but left runners on the corners with one out. Kim then stole second, and Pelz came home to score when the throw bounced into left-center field.
Eph junior Margo Beck made it 2-0 with a long solo home run to left-center leading off the fourth, but Tufts' Cassie Rucsz tied the game at two when she laucnhed a two-run, two-out home run down the left field line in the top of the fifth, her conference-leading 10th of the season.
However, wth one out in the bottom of the fifth, it was Kim who broke the tie with a laser shot over the fence in left center field for the 3-2 lead.
Duncan made it stand up, getting some help from catcher Lexi Curt, who picked off a runner at first with one out in the sixth. Duncan induced three groundouts in the top of the seventh to retire Tufts in order and improve her record to 9-3. She gave up five hits and walked two while striking out a career-high 11 batters.
Galbiati took the loss, allowing six hits and two walks while fanning six over six innings. Alejandra Magana was 2 for 3 for the Ephs. while Jamie Stevens was 2 for 2 for the Jumbos.
The Ephs grabbed an early lead in the nightcap when Kim led off the bottom of the first with a long home run to left off Tufts starter Allison Tilton. The Ephs added five in the second to take a 6-0 lead. Magan lined an RBI-double to right center to score Riley Salvo, who led off by getting hit with a pitch. After a pair of walks, Kim lined an opposite-field single to right that scored Magana and another run scored on an throwing error. Mackenzie Murphy capped the frame by grounding a two-run single back up the middle for the six-run advantage.
Williams made it 9-0 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Murphy had an RBI-double, Emma Corbett a pinch-hit RBI-triple and Pelz an RBI-single. Down nine, Tufts tried to keep the game going in the top of the fifth as Stevens lined an RBI-single to left to score Maggie Hoffman, who led off the inning with a double.
But Curt threw a pinch-runner out trying to steal and Eph starter Brooke Bovier induced a fly out to right to end the game, called after five because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Kim was 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBI for Williams. Murphy was 2 for 3 with three RBI. Raven Fournier was 2 for 2 at the plate for Tufts.
Bovier improved to 2-0 with the win. She allowed five hits over five innings while walking three and striking out three.