2017 NCAA Div. III Williamstown, MA Super Regional
Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20
ALL GAMES WILL BE WEBCAST CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH
Williams 6, Babson 2
Babson 1, Williams 0
Williams 6, Babson 1
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The last time a Williams College softball team advanced to the national championships, it had to get through Babson.
Eleven years later, the Beavers once again stand in the way of the Ephs' national hopes.
Friday at 4 p.m., the two teams will begin a best-of-three games NCAA Div. III Tournament Super Regional at Cole Field. Game 2 is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday and the third, if necessary game three, for 3:30 p.m. the same afternoon.
The series winner advances to Oklahoma City, OK for the national championships, which begin play Thursday, May 25.
Babson (32-14) made its way to Williamstown after winning three straight elimination games to advance out of the Babson Park Regional, including two straight over Rowan College on Monday.
The Beavers captured their first NEWMAC Tournament championship since 2006 on May 6 and have won 12 of its last 14 contests, which includes six consecutive elimination games during the postseason. Sophomore Josephine Mares is batting .373 with 11 extra-base hits and team highs of 16 walks and 23 runs scored, classmate Annie Quine is hitting .345 with eight extra-base hits and 20 runs batted in, and senior Leslie Moore checks in at .343 with seven doubles, three home runs and 23 RBI. First-year Brooke Stock is 16-7 with a 2.53 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 160.1 innings, while junior Ali Reilly has gone 16-7 with a 2.60 ERA, seven shutouts and 119 strikeouts in 161.2 innings.
Williams (34-10) is 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament, having swept Thomas (Me.), Staten Island and RPI last weekend in the Williamstown, MA. Regional. The Ephs captured their second consecutive NESCAC championship the week before, also going 3-0 with wins over Trinity (Conn.) and two wins over rival Amherst.
The Ephs have won 27 of 28 games since April 3, including a 17-game win streak, tied for secondlongest in program history.
Eph junior Lexi Curt was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and an NFCA All-New England First Team selection. She has set single-season records at Williams this year for doubles (16) and home runs (10). Overall, Curt is leading the Ephs in batting with a .404 average, 10 home runs and 36 RBI to go with her 16 doubles.
First-year Rebecca Duncan was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and also a NFCA All-New England First Team selection. Named the Most Outstanding Player at the recent Williamstown (MA) Regional, she has posted a 1.66 ERA in 118.1 innings with a 15-4 record and two saves for the Ephs. She also has 118 strikeouts and has walked only 21 batters.
Sophomore Mackenzie Murphy was a Second Team All-NFCA selection and a First Team All-NESCAC selection. She owns a .381 batting average, ranking third on the team, and is one of three Ephs with more than 50 hits. She has driven in 31 runs, while scoring 22. Murphy has 12 doubles, a triple and eight home runs to account for her .664 slugging percentage.
She is also 11-4 with a 2.56 ERA and one save from the circle and already has 27 wins to her credit in less than two seasons at Williams.
Williams and Babson have met twice before, once in a 2006 NCAA Regional in which Williams triumped 1-0, in eight innings as Margaret Ryan threw a four-hit shutout, and once in a March, 2007 spring break game played in California in which the Ephs triumped 3-0 behind a five-hit shutout by Morgan Simpson.
The Beavers are making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and their first Super Regional appearance. They are 9-7 heading into today's game in NCAA play. Williams is making its seventh appearance in the tournament and fourth straight. This senior class at Williams — captains Alison Michalik and Dana Cohen plus Brooke Bovier and Ashley Wirth — is the first class in program history to qualify for the NCAAs all four years. Wiliams had a record of 17-12 in NCAA Tournament play.