Ephs roll to sweep of division rival Middlebury, 10-1 & 18-1

Casey Pelz '19
Casey Pelz '19

MIDDLEBURY, VT. — Williams College senior Casey Pelz went 6 for 6 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI Saturday to help the Ephs sweep a NESCAC West doubleheader from rival Middlebury, 10-1 and 18-1, to extend their win streak to seven games. 

The Ephs record improved to 18-4 overall, 5-0 in conference divisional play, with the third game of the three-game Middlebury series scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m.

Both games Saturday went five-innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. 

Williams took the lead in the opening contest in its initial at bat, as Pelz drove in a run with a single up the middle and a second run crossed the plate on a Panther miscue. Williams went up 3-0 when Jenny Hickey walked with the bases loaded.

One inning later, the Ephs plated two more runs for a 5-0 advantage. Jessica Kim led off with a triple to center and scored one batter on a sacrifice fly to center by Mara Kipnis. Pelz drove in the other run of the frame with a single down the line in right field.

The Panthers broke through for a run in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Sophie Bolinger reached on an infield single and later scored on a deep double to center field by Sophia Marlino.

Williams ended the game with a five-run fifth inning with Kristina Alvarado and Mackenzie Murphy each producing RBI singles in the frame.

Pelz paced the Ephs, going 3-3 with two RBI, while Murphy also had three hits with a RBI. Rebecca Duncan (8-2) hurled the first four innings to earn the victory, allowing one run on three hits.

In the nightcap, the visitors again opened the scoring in the first inning, as Kipnis doubled to left field to plate Kim, who had walked. Pelz increased the difference to 4-0, belting a three-run homer to center.

Williams produced a big eight-run inning in the second, highlighted by two-run doubles by Murphy and Kirstin Mapes for a 12-0 lead.

Liza Tarr got the hosts on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to left center.

The Ephs added three runs in both the third and fourth innings, making the final 18-1.

Pelz had a big game, going 3-3 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored, while Mapes was also 3-3 and earned the win in the circle, going the first three innings and allowing one run. Emma Corbett finished up with two scoreless innings of relief. Riley Salvo was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kipnis went 1 for 1 with two walks and three RBI.