THOUSAND OAKS, CA. -- The Williams College softball team fashioned a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the opener of a doubleheader with California Lutheran Tuesday, but fell victim to a similar result in the nightcap as the Regals rallied for the victory.
The end results was a 6-5, 9-inning Williams win and a 3-1 Cal Lutheran victory. The Ephs are 3-3 and have the day off Wednesday. Cal Lutheran is 7-11 after the split.
In the opener, the Ephs fell behind 3-0 in the first thanks to a two-run double by Rachel Barker and an RBI-groundout. Eph senior Kristina Alvarado would manufacture a run in the third, reaching on an error, stealing second and scoring on Jessica Kim's groundout. Williams would take a one-run lead in the fifth with a three-spot of its own. Alvarado ignited things with a lead-off single. Rebecca Duncan followed with a double to left that scored the speedy Alvarado to make it 3-2. Kim followed with a single to score Duncan and tie the game. She promptly stole second, advanced to third on an out and scored when Kirstin Mapes ripped an RBI-single down the left-field line.
The Regals tied it in their half of the fifth when Rilee Grau led off with a double off of Eph starter Mackenzie Murphy and scored on Kendall Marinesi's single through the right side.
Neither team would score again until the eighth inning, when the international tiebreaker rule came into effect. In the Ephs' eighth, Casey Pelz was placed on second to start the frame, sacrificed to third by Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano and scored when first year Rachel Neugart lined an RBI-single to left-center field. The Regals would answer though, as Lexie Findley would loft a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
In th ninth, Duncan scored the go-ahead run on an error and then watched as Murphy closed out the victory, getting Laura Slavati to line out to first with the tying run on third base to end the game. Murphy earned the win, going the full nine frames and allowing seven hits and five runs, only three earned. She walked three and struck out two. The Ephs had 10 hits, two each from Alvarado, Kim, Neugart and Jenny Hickey.
In the nightcap, the Ephs scored their only run in the first when Alvarado was hit by a pitch leading off the game. She took second on an error and third on an out before scoring on a passed ball with two outs. Duncan got the start for the Ephs and retired the first 11 Regals she faced. But with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Kendall Marinesi connected for a big fly that tied the game 1-1. Cal Lutheran would take the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Mia Onesto lined an RBI-single with two outs. The Regals picked up an insurance run when Findley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs.
Regal starter Brittany Workman made that stand up, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out three Ephs. Williams threatened in the top of the sixth when Duncan was hit by a pitch and Mapes walked with one out. But Murphy's liner to center was caught for the second out and Workman induced a groundout to end the threat. Duncan took the loss, allowing five hits over six innings while walking one and striking out five. Murphy had two of the Ephs' three hits in the loss.