WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Strong Williams College batting led the Southern Vermont College softball team to lose two games on the road Friday afternoon, both in five innings. The Mountaineers dropped the front end of the doubleheader 16-0 and then lost the day-cap 15-1.
Game 1 – Williams 16, SVC 0 (5 inn.)
The Ephs were able to put up runs in each of the four innings they batted, including an eight-run bottom of the third. After a one-run first inning, WC tacked on two more in the third and continued to run and force Southern Vermont to throw it around in the latter innings. After the crooked number in the third, the Ephs scored five more in the fourth to seal the deal.
Williams pitching held the Mountaineers to just one hit, that coming in the opening frame off the bat of junior second baseman Nathalie Ruelas (Paramount, Calif.); she also had a stolen base in the game.
Eph sophomore Emma Harrington (Columbus, Ohio) took home the win from the circle while SVC starting sophomore Emily Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y.) was credited with the loss. Harrington let up the one hit and one walk in three innings of work, striking out six, and senior reliever Megan Casey (Greenwood Village, Colo.) went the last two while not surrendering a single hit or walk and striking out four.
Williams' three and four hitters, junior Ally Ensor (Sugar Land, Texas) and senior Kaitlin Dinet (Pearl River, N.Y.), were each 4-4 with Ensor scoring three runs and batting in four and Dinet recording three RBIs and a run scored; Ensor hit a homerun in the bottom of the third and added two doubles on the day.
Game 2 – Williams 15, SVC 1 (5 inn.)
Southern Vermont went ahead first in Game 2 after a pair of scoreless innings. Two fielder's choice plays moved SVC freshman left fielder Katie Raymond (Bristol, Conn.) to third after she reached on an error, and then a Williams wild pitch allowed her to cross for the 1-0 go-ahead.
The Ephs responded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs to take the lead, one which they would keep for good as the Mountaineers were hard-pressed to get the offense firing efficiently. Williams then padded the lead with an 11-run bottom of the fourth en route to the 15-1 victory.
Eph sophomore pitcher Emalie Rott (Pryor, Okla.) received the win from the circle, and Mountaineer sophomore righty Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) took the loss.
Fleming went 1-2 in the game while Ruelas was 1-1 with a walk for Southern Vermont. Williams freshman Erica Li (Salt Lake City, Utah) was 3-3 with a run scored, and freshman Kacey Cramer (Houston, Texas) went 2-4 with five runs batted in and two scored.
Southern Vermont (1-8) returns to action Saturday as the Mountaineers begin New England Collegiate Conference play by hosting Daniel Webster College for a 1 and 3 p.m. doubleheader at Willow Park in Bennington. The Ephs (6-12) turn to their New England Small College Athletic Conference opener, next Friday, when they host Wesleyan University at 4:30 p.m.