MEDFORD >> The last five times Williams and Tufts met on the softball diamond, the Jumbos came away with wins. On Wednesday, the Ephs ended that streak with an exclamation point.
Williams (12-3) swept a doubleheader against the team from NESCAC's East Division. Williams won the first game 6-4 and then won the nightcap 6-5, in a game stopped after five innings.
In the first game, Williams pitcher Brooke Bovier no-hit Tufts (7-6) over 4 2/3 innings. She left with a 4-0 lead. Reliever Mackenzie Murphy gave up four runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief, but the Ephs held on for the win.
Brenna Martinez hit a two-run home run for the Ephs in the seventh inning, making the score 6-0. The Jumbos scored four times in the seventh on a solo homer by Samanthan Siciliano and a three-run homer by Summer Horowitz.
In the nightcap, Williams broke a 2-2 tie with three runs on five hits and a pair of errors. Tufts rallied to make it 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, but Alejandra Magana pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to end the game.
Taylor Donze had a big doubleheader for the Ephs, going 5 for 7 with three runs scored.
MCLA SOFTBALL SWEPT
TROY, N.Y. >> RPI swept MCLA in a doubleheader. The Engineers (12-4) beat MCLA 1-0 in the first game and then scored a 4-2 win over the Trailblazers (4-8) in the nightcap.
In the opener, MCLA's Rachel Quackenbush gave up one unearned run on four hits in the opener, but was out-dueled by Stephanie Caudle. Caudle gave up three hits and no runs.
In the home seventh, RPI's Kacie Herity walked, pinch-runner Victoria Greco moved up on an error and scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Kollmeyer.
The Trailblazers had a chance for a split, as they threatened in the top of the seventh.
With one out, Quackenbush and Abby Lucas singled and moved up on Sam Boyle's sacrifice fly. Pinch-hitter Sierra Bailey was walked to load the bases and Quackenbush scored on a walk to Jenn Sicinski. But Michaela Dinicola lined out to shortstop Herity to end the game.
WILLIAMS MEN'S LACROSSE
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO, >> Thomas Fowler scored five goals for Williams, as the Ephs beat Colorado College 15-6. It was the Ephs third win in the last four games.
Williams (4-3) broke a 2-2 tie with three unanswered goals in the first half. Michael Fahey (3 goals, 2 assists) scored late in the first period, while Peter Crane and James McFarland scored to open the second period.
Colorado College (6-4) was outshot 28-12.
TUCSON, ARIZ. >> Williams extended its baseball winning streak to three games on Tuesday, but had that streak end on Wednesday.
Gustavus Adolphus, losers in a wild game earlier this week, came back and beat the Ephs 16-7. Williams (4-8) had beaten Westminster (Mo.) 7-6 on Tuesday.
Against Gustavus, Williams led 2-0 but gave up 10 runs in the next two innings — eight of them in the top of the second.
Williams pounded out 16 hits while Gustavus Adolphus had 14 hits. But Williams pitchers walked nine Gusties.
David Rosas went 4 for 5 for Williams, while Kellen Hathaway had three more hits.
ATLANTA >> Last spring, Williams beat Emory to win the NCAA Division III championship. On Wednesday, Emory got a bit of revenge in a 5-4 win — the same score as a year ago.
This match could have gone either way as two of Emory's wins were decided in second-set tiebreakers.