WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — First-year Ashley Conroy picked a great time for her first collegiate hit, lining a single to right with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of the second game Tuesday, scoring Lexi Curt and giving the Ephs a 9-1, 5-inning win over Smith.
The Ephs topped the Pioneers 8-2 in Tuesday's opener and the two victories extended their win streak to 15 games. Williams is now 22-9 overall heading into a Friday 4 p.m. game at Amherst. The Pioneers saw their record slip to 8-20.
The third inning was the Ephs' big inning in both games against Smith. They scored five times in the opener in the bottom of the third en route to the 8-2 win, then seven times in the third of the nightcap to erase a one-run deficit and take a 7-1 lead.
Smith took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in the opener when Emma Kraus smacked a double to center and Brittney Blokker followed by launching a two-run home run to center.
The Ephs got one back in the second when starting pitcher Emma Corbett lined an RBI-single into the right-center field gap to score Casey Pelz, who had opened the inning by reaching on an error and took third on a single by Margo Beck.
In the five-run third, Jessica Kim led off with a double down the left-field line and took third on a single by Riley Salvo. Rebecca Duncan then lined a single down the line in left to tie the game. Alejandra Magan's sacrifice fly broke the tie. Later in the frame, Corbett smashd an RBI-double to right center and Kristina Alvarado had an RBI-single that made it 6-2.
That was it until the bottom of the sixth when Pelz crushed a two-run home run to left - her fourth of the season, to account for the final 8-2 score.
Williams had 13 hits in the victory. Kim was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Pelz was 2 for 2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Corbett was 2 for 2 with two RBI and a runs scored. She also earned the win from the circle, going the first four innings and giving up six hits and two runs while not walking a batter and striking out two.
In the nightcap, Alvarado drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the third and came around to score when Kim smashed her seventh home run of the season for a 2-1 Williams lead. Curt singled and mackenzie Murphy followed with a double to right center.
An error allowed Curt to score and Pelz followed with a two-run double to right for a 5-1 lead. Alvarado came up again and capped the frame with a two-run single to center.
Murphy homered in the fourth for an 8-1 lead and Curt doubled in the fifth, scoring on Conroy's single to right.
Murphy earned the win from the circle, throwing the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing just one hit. She did not walk a batter and struck out one. Dana Cohen pitched the first 2 1/3 innings.
Magana and Murphy were both 2 for 2 at the plate. Curt was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.