MEDFORD, MA — A two-out, bases-loaded catcher's interfrerence call led to a six-run explosion that tore apart a scoreless pitcher's duel and has the Williams College softball team set a school record with its 21st consecutive win Saturday, defeating Bates in a NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal, 6-2.
The game was halted after five complete innings due to darkness Friday.It was completed Saturday morning. The Ephs improved to 32-4 overall and advance to play the Amherst-Bowdoin winner at 3:15 p.m. today.
The NESCAC office announced Friday evening they will attempt to play the entire remainder of the tournament, including the championship game, tomorrow weather permitting. That decision was made after a close inspection of the rain scheduled for Sunday.
Friday's quarterfinal was a scoreless pitcher's duel between Eph junior Rebecca Duncan and Bates junior Kirsten Pelletier. It was scoreless through 5 1/2 when the Ephs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth when Riley Salvo, Jessica Kim and Duncan all singled. After the second out, Kirsten Mapes appeared to ground out to the pitcher to end the frame, but a catcher's interference call allowed pinch-runner Jenny Hickey to score for a 1-0 lead. Mara Kipnis then hit a ground ball which resulted in a two-run error and a 3-0 lead. Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano grounded a single back up the middle to make it 4-0, and senior Casey Pelz put an exclamation on the statement by lining a two-run single to right for the six-run lead.