Ephs sweep series from Middlebury with 11-1 win; Mackenzie Murphy becomes all-time wins leader

Mackenzie Murphy '19
Mackenzie Murphy '19

MIDDLEBURY, VT. — Kirsitn Mapes had four hits and two RBI Sunday and senior Mackenzie Murphy became the all-time wins leader at Williams College, tossing a complete-game 5-hitter as the Ephs toppled NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College, 11-1.

The win extended the Ephs' win streak to eight games and their overall record to 19-4, 6-0 in the NESCAC West. Williams is back in action Tuesday with a doubleheader at RPI beginning at 4 p.m.

 After scoring 28 runs in a doubleheader sweep Saturday, the Ephs plated two runs in the top of the first Sunday, when Mara Kipnis drew a one-out walk, Murphy singled up the middle and took second when Kipnis beat the throw to third, and Mapes delivered a two-run single to right field. The Panthers answered back with a run in their half of the first when Melanie Mandell lined an RBI-double down the left-field line to make it a 2-1 game. 

The Ephs added a run in the second when Jessica Kim led off with a triple, stayed there as the Ephs loaded the bases with two outs, and scored when Kipnis drew a bases-loaded walk to force her home. In the top of the third, Mapes led off with a line-drive double to right center and went to third on Kim's one-out single to right center. Riley Salvo grounded a single to center for an RBI, and Dacia Green rocketed a line shot down the left-field line that one-hopped the fence for an RBI-double and a 5-1 lead. 

Williams added yet another run in the fourth when Murphy doubled to right and took third on Mapes' single. Casey Pelz scored Murphy with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 6-1. It stayed 6-1 until the top of the seventh when the Ephs plated five. Emma Corbett had a pinch-hit single to ignite the rally, and the big blow came off the bat of Rebecca Duncan, who blasted a three-run homer to left field for a 9-1 lead. Mapes' fourth hit led to another run and Pelz's second sacrifice fly of the game accounted for the final run. 

That left it up to Murphy, who allowed two hits and a run in the first, then settled down to give up only three hits over the final six innings. She did not walk a batter and struck out a season-high six to up her record to 7-2 on the season. It was the 53rd victory of her Williams career, setting a new record for all-time wins and surpassing Emma Harrington''s mark of 52. 

 

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