SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> There are comebacks, and then there's a comeback like the one Williams College staged on the baseball diamond Wednesday afternoon.
Three outs away from losing to Skidmore (10-17), the Ephs (9-14) scored 10 runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally past the Thoroughbreds 11-4. It was Williams' third win in the last four games.
The rally made a winner out of pitcher Arnie Capute, the sixth Williams pitcher, who pitched two perfect innings. He struck out three.
But the Ephs trailed 4-1 in the ninth and Adam Regensburg struck out. Skidmore catcher Daniel Dasqupta was charged with a passed ball, and then the fun started.
Jackson Parise's RBI single broke the 4-4 tie, but it was David Rosas who had the inning's big bat. Rosas, who went 3 for 6, got to bat twice in the inning. He started the rally with a two-run double and finished it with a two-run double.
In the home ninth, Capute got Hayden Smith on a fly out, struck Jeb Clarke out looking and Steven Gilbert swinging.
WILLIAMS SWEEPS MCLA
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Williams swept the softball version of the Route 2 rumble, beating MCLA 7-0 and 11-4 at Cole Field.
Williams (24-7) has now beaten MCLA (11-15) five straight times. The last MCLA win came in the first game of a doubleheader on April 29, 2013.
Mackenzie Murphy, who was named the NESCAC pitcher of the week for the second consecutive week, pitched five innings of three-hit softball in the opener. Brooke Bovier completed the shutout by pitching two innings.
Brenna Martinez gave Williams the only run it needed with a solo home run in the second inning. She hit it off of starter Rachel Quackenbush.
In the nightcap, Williams scored 11 runs on 14 hits against Katelyn Henault.
The game was tied at 4 when the Ephs scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lexi Curt had the big hit, a two-run double.
Alejandra Magana pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief to get the win.
WILLIAMS MEN'S LACROSSE
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Williams (8-5) rocked visiting Vassar (7-6) with five goals in the first quarter and never let up in a 14-10 win.
Michael Fahey led the way for Williams with two goals and four assists. Tanner MacIvor and Thomas Fowler added two goals each.
Vassar was paced by James Thomas, who had three goals and three assists.
Williams took 30 shots on goal, forcing Vassar keeper Matthew Boyd to make 16 saves. Miles McCarthy had five saves for Williams on 15 shots.
Williams won 23 of 27 faceoffs and had a 48-19 advantage on ground balls.
WILLIAMS WINS LITTLE THREE GOLF
AMHERST >> The Williams men won their fourth consecutive Little Three championship. The tournament was played at Hickory Ridge.
The teams played alternate-shot matches in the morning and singles match play in the afternoon.
In the morning session, Williams beat Wesleyan 4-0, while taking a 3-1 win over Amherst.
In the afternoon, the Ephs beat Wesleyan 11-1 but eked out a 7-5 win over Amherst to claim the Little Three. In the Amherst match, both teams won four singles matches. The tie was broken by the 3-1 win in the morning play.
Three Williams golfers — Jackson Moss, Tyler Tsay and Jack Coyne — won both of their individual matches. Moss, Coyne and Mike Stone all won their matches on the 15th hole. The closest match in the Williams-Amherst matchup came when Justin Henrikson beat Williams' Max Elgart on the final hole.
HADLEY >> Softball's Murphy and Williams track and field athlete Helene Hall earned their respective NESCAC athlete of the week honors.
Murphy, a freshman from Diablo, Calif., was 3-1 with a 0.35 earned-run average last week. She struck out 20 and walked only two. She also went 7 for 11 at the plate.
Hall, a sophomore from Irvington, N.Y., set a personal best when she cleared 5 feet, 6.5 inches to win the high jump in a dual meet with MIT. That was the sixth-best jump in Division III this year.