WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College women’s tennis team brought its No. 1 national ranking to the courts Sunday morning seeking a NESCAC title. Amherst had other ideas.
The third-ranked Jeffs took two out of three doubles points and then went on to beat Williams 5-3 and claim the conference crown. Williams was not only No. 1 in the country, but the defending NESCAC champions.
After falling behind 2-1 in doubles, Williams evened the score when Kathleen Elkins beat Zoe Pangalos 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
The match that turned the contest came at No. 2 singles as Williams’ Kara Shoemaker bounced back from a first-set loss to Jennifer Newman. But Newman took the third set for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.
Both teams are expected to play in the NCAA Division III tournament, a tournament that Williams has won four consecutive times.
LEWISTON, Maine -- It was a tune-up for this weekend’s NESCAC baseball tournament, and it would be fair to say that Williams’ played some sour notes.
The Ephs traveled to Maine for a doubleheader with Bates (23-16), and the Bobcats scored a 6-2, 6-4 sweep of Williams (16-19).
Harry Marino, the reigning NESCAC pitcher of the week, threw four scoreless innings in the seven-inning opener. He had a no-decision because it was scoreless when he left.
Williams scored twice in the top of the fifth on K.C. Murphy’s two-run home run. Bates responded against relievers Ben Oliva and Jimmy Ray for six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Gunn’s two-run single was the key hit of the inning.
The Ephs loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning but Darren Hartwell struck out to end the game.
The Ephs took the lead in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. Hartwell’s two-run triple made it 3-0.
Bates got to starter Steve Marino for five runs on four hits in the home third. Mekae Hyde belted a clutch two-run single.
After that, Karl Alexander and Dean Bonneau shut the Ephs down.
The Ephs play at Trinity on Friday at 3 p.m. in the first game of the double-elimination NESCAC baseball tournament.
New England track
CAMBRIDGE -- It was a pretty good Saturday for Williams track and field. The women claimed the New England Division III championship, while the men were second.
The Ephs scored 157 points in the women’s meet, easily beating runner-up MIT with 124. In the men’s meet, MIT won the title with 113 points, while the Ephs were second at 97.5.
It was an especially good day for Williams jumper Tanasia Hoffler. The junior won the women’s long jump (5.83 meter) and triple jump (11.84). Hoffler also finished second in the 100 meter hurdles. The Ephs’ Jenna Adams won the women’s pole vault with a jump of 3.80 meters
The Ephs were pretty successful in relays. Williams won the 3,200 relay in 9:09.51 and the 1,600 relay in 3:56.19. The Williams men also won the 1,600 relay in 3:17.92.
WORCESTER -- The Williams women’s crew won the women’s and All-Team points trophies at the New England Championships, held Saturday at Lake Quinsigamond.
The Ephs won the varsity eights, second varsity eights, novice eights and third varsity races.