Ephs roll to road sweep of Pioneers, 16-7 & 10-2

Jessica Kim '19
Jessica Kim '19

NORTHAMPTON, MA -- The Williams College softball team produced 26 runs and 34 hits in 12 innings of work Saturday en route to a 16-7, 10-2 sweep of Smith College. 

Senior Lexi Curt had two hits in each game to become the all-time hits leader at Williams with 189, breaking the record set by Laura Jacobs '99 19 years ago. The Ephs improved to 30-6 overall with the win, making it the fourth consecutive season they have had 30 or more wins in a season, the longest streak in program history. The Pioneers finished their season at 6-29. 

Williams is back in action Sunday at 12 p.m. when it will host Senior Day for Curt, Margo Beck and Brenna Martinez in a non-divisional NESCAC battle with East Division power Bowdoin. 

In Saturday's nightcap, Williams produced three runs in the second, third and fourth innings. In the second, after an out, Beck walked and Martinez singled. An error allowed Beck to score and Jessica Kim then ripped a two-run triple to left for a 3-0 lead. 

In the fourth, Curt led off with an infield single and scored all the way from first when Kirsitn Mapes lined a single to center. Rebecca Duncan singled and then stole second with Mapes at third. Beck and Martinez followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies for a 6-1 lead. In the Ephs' fourth inning, Kim led off with a double and later scored on Curt's groundout. With two outs, Mapes singled and scored on Duncan's RBI-double, and Beck scored Duncan with a double of her own for a 9-1 lead. Curt wrapped up the scoring with an RBI-double in the fifth. 

Six different Ephs had two hits in the win. Martinez was 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored. Kim was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored. Murphy was 2 for 3. Curt, Mapes and Duncan each finished 2 for 4. Duncan picked up the win to improve to 12-3 on the season, allowing seven hits over five innings while walking one and striking out five. 

In the first game, the Ephs had 20 hits, including five doubles and three home runs, en route to the 16-7 win. Williams trailed 3-1 after the first inning, but a big two-out, two-run single to left by Riley Salvo tied the game in the top of the second, and a key two-run single to center by Beck gave the Ephs a 5-3 lead in the third.

Martinez was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and two runs scored. Beck finished 3 for 5 with two RBI, two runs scored and two doubles. Murphy was 3 for 5 with er 9th home run of the seaso, two RBI and three runs scored. Curt was 2 for 4 with a two-run homer, her 12th of the season and 35th of her career. Mapes was 2 for 5 with a three-run homer in the Ephs' eight-run seventh. Jenny Hickey was 2 for 3 and Cris McElhinney was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBI.

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