TROY, N.Y. - First year Mara Kipnis went a combined 5 for 5 to lead the 12th-ranked Williams College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Wednesday afternoon at Doris Robison Field. With wins of 4-3 and 13-0, the Ephs improve to 21-4 overall, while the Engineers drop to 18-6.
The sweep extended the Ephs win streak to 10 games. They are back in action Sunday with a doubleheader at home against Bates College beginning at 12 p.m.
Kipnis went 3 for 3 with a a double, two runs and an RBI in the opener, as Williams jumped out to an early lead, scoring once in the first and three more times in the third. An RBI-single from Rebecca Duncan got the Ephs started in the first, before Kipnis singled home Jessica Kim for the first run of the third. Mackenzie Murphy then launched a two-run homer to push the visitors' advantage to 4-0. Duncan held that 4-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh, when the Engineers rallied, getting a three-run homer from lead-off hitter Veronica DeStefano. RPI loaded the bases with two outs, but Duncan fanned the final batter on three pitches to end the game.
The Ephs had nine hits in the victory. Kim was 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored. Duncan earned her ninth win, allowing four hits and three runs, all earned, while walking five and striking out five.
In the nightcap, Williams scored in the first five frames to win the run-rule shortened affair, 13-0. Kirstin Mapes capped a four-run first inning with two-run homer, before a sacrifice fly from Duncan pushed the lead to 5-0 after two.
Solo homers from Riley Salvo and Jessica Kim in the third and fourth innings made it 7-0, before a pair of groundouts produced two more runs in the fourth made it 9-0. Casey Peltz then doubled in the Ephs' 10th run before the inning was over. Williams added three runs in the fifth to cap the scoring. Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano had an RBI-double, Murphy had a double and Jill Jenkin a sacrifice fly to score the final run.
Murphy (8-2) earned the victory in the circle, allowing one hit in 5.0 innings, striking out three and walking no one.
The Ephs had 11 hits in the win. Kim was 2 for 2 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Murphy was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Kipnis was 2 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored.