Softball swept by Williams in NESCAC West doubleheader
Ally Ensor '14 finished the day 7-for-7 and drove in six runs to lead Williams College to a sweep of Hamilton College in a NESCAC West Division doubleheader at Hamilton's Ferguson Fields on April 28.
Williams (20-16 overall, 7-5 NESCAC West) completed the series sweep with a 16-1 win in five innings in the first game and a 9-0 victory in five innings in the nightcap. The Ephs topped the Continentals 11-7 on Friday afternoon. Williams has won five straight games.
In Game 1, Ensor collected four hits, including a triple and a double, and drove in three runs. Merrilee Weston '13 doubled twice, finished with four hits and drove in four runs. Allison Hart '12 was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Ali Graebner '14 singled twice and drove in three runs, and Kaitlin Dinet '13 and Theresa Legan '14 each added a double. Starting pitcher Emma Harrington '15 scattered six hits and allowed one run in five innings. Harrington did not issue a walk and struck out three batters.
Ashley Perritt '14 led Hamilton's offense with a pair of hits, including a double, and scored a run. Monique St. Jarre '15 singled twice and drove in a run. Jenn Rougeux '14 and Melissa Kaknis '13 had the other two hits. St. Jarre started in the circle and suffered the loss. Amy Appel '13 worked four innings in relief and Summer Bottini '14 pitched a scoreless fifth inning.
The Ephs sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. Hart and Frank hit back-to-back singles to lead off and Ensor followed with a single that scored Hart. Graebner singled home Frank and Ensor scored on a fielder's choice. One batter later, Weston's double to left scored Zoe Dillon-Davidson '15 and Graebner. Rott singled to second base to bring home Dinet, and Hart capped the inning with a single that plated Legan.
Hamilton (9-23, 0-12) got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. Perritt doubled to center to lead off and later scored on St. Jarre's single up the middle.
Williams batted around and tacked on five runs in the top of the second inning. Ensor doubled and scored on a single by Graebner, and Hart capped the inning with a double that brought home Emalie Rott '15. The Ephs added one run in the third inning and three in the fourth for the final margin.
In Game 2, Ensor had three singles and drove in three runs. Hart went 3-for-4 to raise her batting average to .543. Mo Frank '15 had three hits and drove in two runs, and Weston added two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Dinet started in the circle and allowed just two infield hits in five innings of work. She did not issue a walk and struck out two batters.
Perritt and Rougeux had the two hits for the Continentals, and Rougeux extended her hit streak to eight games. Leonard started in the circle, pitched all five innings and suffered the loss.
The Ephs scored all nine of their runs in the first three innings. With one out in the top of the first inning, Frank and Ensor hit back-to-back singles and advanced on a groundout. Frank scored on a wild pitch and Ensor came home on Weston's single to left. A dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Williams to score two more unearned runs.
Frank and Ensor added RBI singles in the top of the second inning to stretch the Ephs' lead to 6-0. Frank hit another RBI single in the top of the third inning and Ensor smacked a two-run double later in the frame for the final margin.
Hamilton travels to SUNY Oswego for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.