CLAREMONT, CA — The Williams College softball team dropped a doubleheader to Claremont Mudd Scripps Monday afternoon, dropping the nightcap 15-8 after falling victim to a walk-off single in the opener and losing, 5-4.
The double dip leaves the Ephs with a 2-2 record to date. They are back in action Tuesday with a doubleheader at California Lutheran beginning at 4 p.m. EST.
No. 12-ranked CMS improved to 14-3 overall. The Athenas outhit the Ephs 24-13 in the twinbill. Williams committed four errors in the game two loss, five on the day.
In the opener, the Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jessica Kim reached via a walk, advanced to second on a groundout and scored as she continued to third on the play and the throw to get her sailed into foul territory on the left-field side, allowing her to score. The Athenas went ahead 4-1 with three runs in the second inning, as sophomore shortstop Jessica Fox hit an RBI double to put her team in front. After a Megan Perron sacrifice fly to center, sophomore catcher Maddie Valdez had a short fly into shallow right center that was lost in the sun by the Williams outfield, turning into an RBI double.
The Ephs clawed their way back in it. In the top of the sixth, when Mackenzie Murphy had a two-out, two-run single in the fifth to make it 4-3. Down a run into the top of the seventh, Rebecca Duncan ripped a one-out single. She moved to second and with two outs, scored the tying run when Kirstin Mapes grounder to second was misplayed. But CMS answered in its half of the seventh of Murphy, who had replaced Mapes in the circle after 1 2/3 innings and had retired 13 of the first 15 batters she faced.
Chloe Amarilla started off the frame by hitting a double off the wall in left. After Molly Spaniac sacrificed Amarilla to third to put the winning run 60 feet away, Williams intentionally walked Perron and Valdez to load the bases and create a force at the plate. Murphy got the second out on a shallow fly to center, but Lauren Richards came through on a 1-2 count when she went the other way and pushed a grounder through the hole. Hickey made a diving stop of the ball on the outfield grass, but had no play as Richards crossed the bag.
Williams had five hits in the loss, one each by Duncan, Murphy, Casey Pelz, Hickey and Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano. Murphy went 5 full innings in relief, allowing three hits and one run while walking two and striking out one.
In the second game, the Ephs scored five times in the top of the third to build a 6-1 lead. Hickey led off with a single and, one out later, advanced on a single by Duncan. Kim's grounder was misplayed as Hickey came around to score. Mapes followed with a two-run single, and Pelz capped off the uprising with an RBI-triple. On the play, Pelz came all the way around to score when the throw to third to get her went awry. The Athenas answered with six runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-6 lead. Spaniac pulled an RBI double down the right field line to make it 6-2, and after an error brought home another run, freshman Ananya Koneti went the other way for a double to plate two runs and pull the Athenas within 6-5. One out later, Perley lined a double into left-center to give CMS the lead at 7-6.
The Ephs tied it at 7 in the top of the fourth when Hickey drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Kristina Alvarado's single. Hickey stole third and scored on Kim's sacrifice fly. Again, the Athenas answered when Perron untied it with a two-run triple in the bottom half to score Amarilla and Spaniac. The Ephs got one back in the top of the sixth to make it a 9-8 contest, but CMS answered with six more runs in the bottom of the sixth to account for the final score.
Duncan took the loss for Williams, throwing five innings and allowing nine hits and 10 runs, only six being earned. She walked two and struck out one. The Ephs had eight hits in the loss. Hickey was 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Mapes had 2 RBI.