Softball Drops a Pair at #19 Williams

Melanie Mandell homered in game two.
Melanie Mandell homered in game two.

Williams took game one 9-0 in five innings and came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second contest for a 3-2 victory to complete a three-game sweep of the Panthers (13-10, 2-6). The 19th-ranked Ephs move to 26-6 on the year and 9-3 in the league. Middlebury returns to action on Sunday with a noon game against Hamilton at Williams.

A three-run double by Rebecca Duncan gave Williams a 3-0 advantage in the first inning of game one. In the second frame, a three-run homer to right center by Lexi Curt sparked a five-run inning for an 8-0 lead. Williams added a run in the fourth for the 9-0 win.

Duncan (10-3) earned the victory, allowing just one hit by Middlebury's Taylor Gardner over five innings, while striking out six batters. Duncan went 2-3 in the game with two doubles and four RBI, while Margo Beck was 1-2 with three runs scored. Curt had a 1-2 game, with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI.

Allison Quigley suffered the loss, giving up two earned runs on two hits over three innings of work.

Middlebury took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning of game two with back-to-back solo homers from Quigley and Melanie Mandell.

Williams cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth when Duncan homered to center.

In the seventh with one out, Casey Pelz earned a base hit to left, while Riley Salve was hit by a pitch. Jessica Kim singled up the middle as a run scored due to a throwing effort to make it a 2-2 game. Curt walked to load the bases, before Duncan gave the Ephs the win in walk-off fashion with a base hit to left.

Mackenzie Murphy (10-1) earned the victory in relief, allowing just two hits over four innings of work. Duncan finished 2-4 with a homer and two RBI to pace the Ephs.

Emily Morris (6-7) went the distance for the Panthers, giving up three runs and seven hits over 6.1 innings with six strikeouts. Five different Panthers had hits in the game.