WHITTIER, CA — Junior Rebecca Duncan threw a three-hit shutout in the opener Friday and then homered and drove in two runs in the nightcap as the Williams College softball team swept Whittier College, taking game one 2-0 and rallying for a 5-2 win in the nightcap.
The Ephs improved to 5-3 on the season. They are back in action Saturday for a doubleheader with Willamette (Ore.) back at Palmer Field on the Whittier College campus. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. EST.
Williams trailed their Poet hosts 2-1 after three innings of the nightcap, but Duncan tied the game with a solo home run well over the fence in left field in the top of the fourth. Riley Salvo then singled and was able to take third on a close play when the ball got by the Poet left fielder. Jen Hickey broke the deadlock by lofting a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Salvo. The Ephs added two more in the fifth when, with one out, Jessica Kim doubled to right and Mara Kipnis was hit by a pitch. Mackenzie Murphy came through with an RBI-single up the middle that scored Kim and chased Kipnis to third. Duncan then scored Kipnis with a sacrifice fly to left and a 5-2 lead.
That was all junior starter Kirsten Mapes would need. The Eph right-hander retired the final eight Poets of the game, retiring the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings. She tossed a complete game, allowing seven hits over her seven innings while walking only two and striking out four. She improved to 1-0 on the season.
Williams had seven hits in the win. Kipnis was 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Duncan was 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBI.
In the opener, Duncan allowed just a lead-off bunt single in the first through five frames. The Ephs have her a 1-0 lead in the third when Kim led off with a double, took third on a flyout and scored on Murphy's sacrifice fly. They added an insurance run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit. Kipnis pinch-hit with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch, forcing home Hickey, who had led the inning off with a walk.
Duncan went all seven innings, allowing only three hits while walking two and striking out nine. She improved to 2-1 with her second shutout of the season. Kim, Mapes and Casey Pelz had the Eph hits in the win.