Middlebury (6-7, 0-2) opened the home portion of its schedule with a NESCAC West doubleheader against #12 Williams, as the Ephs (18-4, 5-0) took the opening contest 10-1 and won the nightcap 18-1 with both games going five innings. The two teams conclude the three-game set on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Williams took the lead in the opening contest in its initial at bat, as Casey Pelz drove in a run with a single up the middle and a second run crossed the plate on a Panther miscue. Williams went up 3-0 when Jenny Hickey walked with the bases loaded.
One inning later, the visitors plated two more runs for a 5-0 advantage. Jessica Kim led off with a triple to center and scored one batter on a sacrifice fly to center by Mara Kipnis. Pelz drove in the other run of the frame with a single down the line in right field.
The Panthers broke through for a run in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Sophie Bolinger reached on an infield single and later scored on a deep double to center field by Sophia Marlino.
Williams ended the game with a five-run fifth inning with Kristina Alvarado and Mackenzie Murphy each producing RBI singles in the frame.
Marlino went 1-2 with a double and a RBI for the Panthers, while Irene Margiotta (4-4) went the distance in the circle.
Pelz paced the Ephs, going 3-3 with two RBI, while Mackenzie Murphy also had three hits with a RBI. Rebecca Duncan (8-2) hurled the first four innings to earn the victory, allowing one run on three hits.
In the second game, the visitors again opened the scoring in the first inning, as Kipnis doubled to left field to plate Jessica Kim. Pelz increased the difference to 4-0, belting a three-run homer to center.
Williams produced a big eight-run inning in the second, highlighted by two-run doubles by Murphy and Kirsten Mapes for a 12-0 lead.
Liza Tarr got the hosts on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning, blasting a solo home run to left center.
The Ephs added three runs in both the third and fourth innings, making the final 18-1.
Pelz had a big game for Williams, going 3-3 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored, while Mapes was also 3-3 and earned the win in the circle.