Visiting Williams scored in five different innings, picking up an 11-1 victory over Middlebury on Sunday to complete the three-game NESCAC West series sweep. The Panthers (6-8, 0-3) are home again on Wednesday for a 3:30 twin bill against Keene State, while the #12 Ephs (19-4, 6-0) head to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Tuesday for a pair of games at 4:00 p.m.
Williams, winners of eight-straight games, scored twice in the top of the first inning, as Kirsten Mapes dropped a single into right field to drive in both runs. The visitors could have had a bigger inning, but Panther catcher Liza Tarr cut down a pair of potential base stealers to get out of the frame.
The hosts came right back in the bottom half of the inning, cutting the deficit in half. Melanie Mandell sliced a double inside the line in left field, bringing home Sophia Marlino from second base to make it a 2-1 score.
The Ephs added a run in the second inning when Mara Kipnis walked with the bases loaded and tacked on two more in the third for a 5-1 edge. A sacrifice fly to left field by Casey Pelz made it a 6-1 score in the fourth, before the visitors pulled away in the top of the seventh. In the final frame, Williams scored five times with Rebecca Duncan providing the big hit, a three-run homer to left field.
Mapes enjoyed a 4-5 performance at the plate for the Ephs, while Mackenzie Murphy had three hits and scored twice. Murphy (7-1) also got the win in the circle, allowing one run over seven innings.