WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams senior Lexi Curt went 6 for 7 with six RBI and six runs scored Wednesday to help lead the Williams College softball team to a 19-0, 9-1 sweep of cross-town rival MCLA at Cole Field.
The Ephs improved their record to 23-6 overall while the Trailblazers, coached by former Eph All-American Erica Li, had their four-game win streak snapped and fell to 6-14. Williams is home again Friday at 5 p.m. for a NESCAC West Division showdown with Middlebury.
Williams scored 12 runs in the top of the first inning of the opener and never looked back. Jessica Kim led off with a solo home run and also had a three-run, bases-clearing double to center in the frame. Curt doubled to left center and also homered to right center in the inning. Fellow senior Margo Beck had a three-run homer to left in the same frame.
The Ephs would go on to score four times in the third and three more in the fourth. Curt hit a solo homer to left in the third, her 10th of the season, tying her own single-season school record. With two outs in the inning, Beck walked and Kirstin Mapes lined a two-run homer to left center, her seventh of the season. Brenna Martinez followed with a home run to straightaway center. She added a two-run single to center in the bottom of the fourth.
In all, the Ephs had 13 hits in the win. Curt was 3 for 4 with a double, two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored. Kim was 2 for 3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Mapes was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Martinez was 2 for 4 with four RBI. Beck was 1 for 1 with four RBI. Mapes picked up the win in the circle, going four innings and allowing one hit while walking one and striking out six. Rebecca Duncan threw a scoreless inning to finish up.
For MCLA, Kara Adams and Ashley Wilson had one hit each. Samantha Feinstein took the loss.
In the nightcap, the Ephs broke open a scoreless tie with a four-run bottom of the second. Cris McElhinney led off with a single to center and scored when Martinez followed with a double to center. With two outs and runners on the corners, Curt singled for a 2-0 lead. Murphy followed with a line drive single that scored another run, and Riley Salvo picked up an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk. In the bottom of the third, Curt ripped a two-run double to left. Up 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Kristina Alvarado smoked a double to center and scored on a Mapes single. Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Salvo and McElhinney ended the contest.
The Ephs had 14 hits in the game two win. Curt was 3 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. Murphy went 3 for 4 with an RBi and run scored. Martinez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Duncan was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Left-hander Emma Corbett had a no-hitter through four frames before Neveda Nelsen led off the MCLA fifth with an opposite-field double to right. She scored on an error. That was all Corbett allowed on her way to her first win, one hit over five frames, no walks and one strikeout.