Monday April 30, 2012

LEWISTON, Maine -- Make it an even dozen championships for the Williams College women’s track and field team.

The Ephs won their 12th consecutive NESCAC title this weekend and their 20th overall. The Ephs finished with 189 points, while runner-up Tufts had 159.

The Williams men, meanwhile, had their streak of 11 consecutive NESCAC titles end as the Ephs were fourth. Williams finished with 111.75 points, while Bates won the title with 156.25 points.

The Williams women had one individual NESCAC champion as Jenna Adams won the pole vault with a jump of 3.6 meters.

The Williams men’s 1,600 relay team won its event in a Bates College record time of 3:20.85.

NESCAC men’s golf

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams had the home-course advantage and trailed by one stroke heading into the second day of the NESCAC men’s golf championships at the Taconic Golf Club.

First-round leader Middlebury outshot the Ephs by seven strokes on Sunday to successfully defend its championship.

Middlebury shot 309-317 for a two-day total of 626. Williams shot 310-324 to finish at 634. Trinity was third.

Williams’ Ross Bowen, who was the first-round individual leader at 1-over-par 72, ballooned to an 84 to finish tied for second. Middlebury’s Williams Prince was medalist with a two-day total of 152. Bowen and Alex Bermingham of Trinity finished at 156.

The Ephs’ Cody Semmelrock was in a three-way tie for sixth at 158 and Dylan Dethier tied for 10th at 160.

Williams baseball

WILLIAMSTOWN -- A berth in the NESCAC tournament well in hand, Williams wasn’t quite as sharp Sunday but still beat Hamilton 6-4 for a three-game series sweep.

Dan Grossman, the second of four Williams pitchers got the win. Grossman tossed three innings of no-run, two-hit baseball. Jimmy Ray got the final out for the save.

K.C. Murphy’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning was the game-winning hit for Williams.

MCLA baseball

NORTH ADAMS -- The MCLA baseball team finished its 2012 season with a flourish -- and a three-game winning streak.

The Trailblazers accomplished that by sweeping a doubleheader from Newbury (21-19) on Sunday. MCLA (14-23) won the opener 4-3 and took the nightcap 5-4 in 13 innings.

D.J. Clark earned the win in the nightcap by pitching seven scoreless innings of relief. Clark, the third of three MCLA pitchers, gave up four hits.

Joe Duncan’s RBI single plated Ryan Shewchuk with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

After five full scoreless innings, the Trailblazers struck in the bottom of the 13th. Cody Weaver hit a one-out double and after Clark singled, Weaver scored on a fielder’s choice by Sean Coyle.

Weaver went the distance in the opener, giving up three runs on 10 hits.

The opener was scoreless until MCLA got two runs in the sixth. Newbury took the lead in the seventh, scoring three runs on six hits.

In the home seventh, Derek Lescarbeau and Joe Duncan both walked with one out. After Weaver singled to load the bases, Chase Preite belted a two-run double to win the game.

Williams tennis

LEWISTON, Maine -- For the top-ranked Williams College women and No. 3 Williams men, their final regular-season matches went the way the Ephs would have liked.

The Williams men beat Bates 6-3. Williams took two of the three doubles matches for the doubles point and then won four of the six singles contests.

All of Williams’ singles victories were in straight sets.

The top-ranked Williams women beat Bowdoin 6-3 and Bates 7-2.

Kristen Alotta, Nancy Worley and Kathleen Elkins had big weekends as all three won twice in singles. Alotta won twice at No. 1 singles. Worley won at second and third singles while Elkins won at third and fourth.