CLAREMONT, CA -- The Williams College softball team ran its win streak to six games Sunday with an impressive 6-5, 9-4 sweep of Pomona Pitzer College.
The Ephs improved to 9-3 overall while the Saghens slipped to 16-7-1. Williams is back in action Monday with a doubleheader at the University of LaVerne. The first game is slated to start at 5 p.m. EST.
Sunday the Ephs produced 15 runs on 19 hits, their most productive day of their West Coast trip to date. Down 1-0 after an inning of the nightcap, they broke it open with a six-run second inning. Kirstin Mapes got things started when she singled and stole second base. Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano tied the game with a double down the left-field line. Casey Pelz was hit by a pitch and Jessica Kim broke the tie when she sizzled a grounder through the left side for an RBI-single that scored Medvene-Cirigliano. Jenny Hickey then roped a double to right that scored Pelz and moved Kim to third. After a Sagehens pitching change, Kristina Alvarado laid down a beautiful squeeze bunt that she beat out for a hit as Kim scored the fourth run. After Alvarado stole second, Rebecca Duncan ripped a liner to left that scored both runners for a 6-1 lead.
Pomona Pitzer fought back, scoring three times in its third inning when Olivia Campion belted a two-out, three-run home run that made it a 6-4 game.
The Ephs however, answered that with a three-spot of their own in the top of the fifth as Mapes singled, pinch-hitter Jill Jenkin singled, and Pelz delivered an RBI-single. Following a groundout that advanced the runners a base,Hickey lined a two-run double to left-center for a 9-4 lead. Mackenzie Murphy retired the Sagehens in order in the fifth, and the game was called after the top of the sixth.
Murphy picked up the victory from the circle, going five frames and allowing seven hits and four runs, all earned, while walking one and striking out one. At the plate, Pelz was 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored; Hickey was 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored; Mapes was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Duncan was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Sunday's opener was a back-and-forth affair. The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Mara Kipnis lined a solo home run to left. Pomona tied it in its half when Megan Otsuka hit a solo homer. The Ephs took a 2-1 lead in the third when Kipnis homered again, a solo shot to left center. Pomona tied it in its half of the third. Williams took a 4-2 lead in the fifth. After singles by Kim and Jenkin, Alvarado moved the runners up with a groundout. Duncan singled to short, on a play in which Kim scored the go-ahead run. Kipnis then delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Jenkin for a 4-2 lead.
It stood 4-3 Williams in the top of the sixth when Pelz was hit by a pitch and Medvene-Cirigliano crushed a two-run homer to left for a 6-3 lead. Pomona scored twice in its sixth to make it 6-5 and had runners on first and second with one out and the bases loaded with two outs, but Duncan retired the final batter on a liner to third. She then retired the Sagehens 1-2-3 in the seventh to preserve the win.
Duncan went seven innings and gave up 11 hits and five runs, all earned, but did not walk a batter and fanned one Sagehen in the win. Kipnis went 2 for 2 with three RBI and two runs scored for the Ephs. Kim was 2 for 3 with a run scored.