WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Lexi Curt, Rebecca Duncan and Kirstin Mapes smacked first-inning home runs Sunday and Mackenzie Murphy went 3 for 4 while tossing 5 solid innings as the Williams College softball team completed a three-game sweep on Little 3 and NESCAC West rival Wesleyan, 11-3, at Cole Field.
The Ephs improved to 18-4 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC West while Wesleyan fell to 8-12 overall and 0-5 in divisional play. Williams returns to action Wednesday with a home doubleheader against RPI at 3:30 p.m.
Curt opened the scoring Sunday by driving the first pitch she saw over the fence in right-center field with one out in the bottom of the first. The home run was her conference-leading seventh of the season and the 30th of her Williams career. Curt became the first Eph to reach the 30-home run mark in a career at the school. With two outs, Duncan sent a towering fly ball down the left-field line that was reminiscent of her Saturday grand slam and gave the Ephs a 2-0 lead. Mapes followed with a scorching shot to straightaway center that was still rising as it passed the media booth just beyond the center field fence.
Wesleyan countered with a run of its own in the top of the second to make it 3-1. Rielly Wieners got the rally started when she reached on an error. Marina Williams lined a single to left and a groundout put runners on second and third with one out. The battle of the Brenna's then ensued, as Cardinal batter Brenna Monroe hit a sharp one hopper toward right field that Eph second sacker Brenna Martinez made a beautiful diving stop of and then threw Monroe out at first as Wieners scored.
The Ephs put the game away without a home run in the bottom of the second, scoring seven times to take a 10-1 victory. Casey Pelz and Riley Salvo grounded singles to left and, after an out, Curt was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Murphy followed with a two-run single to left for a 5-1 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, Margo Beck drilled an RBI-single into right field. Martinez then blooped a ball into shallow left center that found grass for a two-run single and an 8-1 lead. Pelz drew a walk to load the bases and Salvo and Kim followed with back-to-back RBI-singles for a 10-1 lead.
Wesleyan's Danielle Rinaldi momentarily extended the game when, with two outs in the top of the fifth, she roped a two-run homer to left to make it 10-3. But the Ephs scored quickly in their half of the fifth when Curt walked, Murphy singled and Duncan advanced Curt to third with a long fly to center. Mapes then drove home Curt with the walk-off run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Murphy improved to 7-0 by going five frames and allowing four hits and three runs, two earned, while walking one and striking out two. Lauren Gaffney-Gomez took the loss for Wesleyan. Salvo finished 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored for the Ephs, who finished with 12 hits.