WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games Wednesday afternoon, losing 14-0 and then 16-3, both in five innings, at Williams College's Cole Field.
The Ephs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first and added five more in the second for a cushion that wouldn't be jeopardized. Williams scored five in the top of the second in the nightcap, but the Mountaineers trimmed that to a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the frame. WC responded, however, with five more in both the third and fourth en route to the sweep.
With the twin-bill originally scheduled to be played at Southern Vt., the Mountaineers batted as the home team during the afternoon.
GAME 1: Williams 14, Southern Vt. 0 (5)
SVC second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) went 1-2 with a walk while freshman third baseman Mallory Celeste (Gansevoort, N.Y.) also had a 1-2 showing at the plate.
Senior second baseman Ali Graebner (Short Hills, N.J.) led the Ephs with a 3-4 performance, knocking in four runs and scoring three. Junior Mo Frank (Amherst, Mass.) added two runs batted in on a triple, going 1-2 with a walk and a run scored.
WC freshman hurler Brooke Bouvier (Port Orange, Fla.) picked up the win from the circle to move to 5-2 on the season, giving up no runs in her three innings of work; she allowed one hit and three hits while striking out four. SVC freshman Lauryn Zovistoski (Granville, N.Y.) suffered the loss (0-4), registering two strikeouts and five earned runs allowed.
GAME 2: Williams 16, Southern Vt. 3 (5)
Celeste and SVC senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) each tallied a hit for their seconds of the day, and senior catcher Kirstin Buchan (Albany, N.Y.) was 1-2 with a pair of RBIs. Junior first baseman Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) went 1-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases while sophomore right fielder Julianna Burnley (Scotia, N.Y.) had a 1-2 showing, batting in a run and scoring another.
Eph junior Lindsey Precht (Miami Lakes, Fla.) was 3-4 with a double and a homer, collecting four RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Erica Li (Salt Lake City, Utah) was also 3-4, knocking in three runs while scoring one and ripping a triple.
Junior Emma Harrington (Columbus, Ohio) took the win from the rubber for the Ephs, surrendering no runs in three innings of work to improve to 6-2 from the circle; she gave up just one hit and a walk while striking out six. Mountaineer junior Hayley McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) was strapped with the loss (2-3).
Southern Vt. (4-10) looks ahead to a conference-filled weekend in the Boston area, first visiting Lesley University on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. Williams (13-5) begins a three-game league series against Amherst College with a single home game on Friday, first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.