WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — First-year Mara Kipnis had two home runs and 5 RBI Wednesday and junior Emma Corbett pitched a complete-game 5-hitter as the Williams College softball team rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat Skidmore College by an 11-5 score.
With the victory, the No. 12-ranked Ephs improved to 16-4 overall. They start a three-game NESCAC West series with Middlebury Friday at 5 p.m. Wednesday's second game with Skidmore was halted in the top of the third inning with the Ephs leading 4-0. It remains to be seen if that game will be completed. Skidmore is 10-10 after the first game loss today.
The Ephs trailed 5-2 after two innings, but rallied to score four times in the third and four times in the fifth to take a commanding 10-5 lead. In the Williams third, Jessica Kim led off with a single. Kipnis lofted a fly ball to left center that dropped over the fence for a two-run home run, her team-leading sixth of the season. Mackenzie Murphy then reached on an error, and Kirstin Mapes blooped a little single down the left-field line. With two outs and those runners on second and third, Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano lofted a fly ball to right center that fell in for a two-run double and a 6-5 Williams lead.
Williams extended that lead to five with a four-run bottom of the fifth. With two outs and nobody on, Corbett ripped a triple to right on the first pitch she saw. She scored when Kristina Alvarado's grounder was misplayed. Jessica Kim followed with a single through the left side of the infield. Kipnis followed with a rocket shot off her bat that cleared the left-field fence with plenty of room to spare for a three-run homer and a 10-5 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior Riley Salvo made it 11-5 with a solo home run to left field, her second of the season, and second in the last two games.
Corbett earned her first win from the circle, settling down after a wild two innings to go seven and give up five hits and five walks while striking out four.
The Ephs had 13 hits in the win, with five different players having two hits each. Kipnis was 2 for 2 with two home runs, two runs scored and 5 RBI. Medvene-Cirigliano was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. Mapes was 2 for 3 with a run scored an an RBI. Kim was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Salvo was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI.