NORTON — The Williams College softball team brought some unwanted baggage home with them from Florida — a three-game losing streak. After Tuesday, the Ephs can put that streak away with some of the usual tourist tchotchkes.
In its first games back up north, Williams improved its record to 10-3 by sweeping Wheaton 6-4 and 5-2.
Williams rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the opener, scoring five runs in the last two innings. Lexi Curt won the game with a two-run home run with no outs in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Alejandra Magana wrapped up the win in relief of Mackenzie Murphy with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh. Magana gave up two hits in four shutout innings.
In the nightcap, Williams scored a run in the first inning and never trailed. It was, however, 2-1 when the Ephs scored three times in the top of the sixth. Williams scored three runs on one hit, an error, a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Brooke Bovier got the win in the circle.
Curt finished the day going 4 for 6 with three runs batted in and a run scored. Kacey Cramer and Priscilla Pino each had three hits in the twin bill.
HADLEY >> Two Williams College athletes were named NESCAC athletes of the week in their respective sports.
Mackenzie Murphy was named the softball pitcher of the week, while Katakyie Ofori-Atta is the men's track performer of the week.
Murphy, a freshman pitcher from Diablo, Calif., went 3-1 last week with a 1.59 earned-run average.
Ofori-Atta, a senior from Accra, Ghana, ran a 10.77-second time in the 100 meters, finishing second at the Point Loma Nazarine Collegiate Individual. His time ranks third in all of Division III track.
Monday's late results
TUCSON, ARIZ. >> The Williams baseball team had lost seven straight games going into Monday's doubleheader against Westminster (Mo.) and Gustavus Adolphus. When the day ended, so did the losing streak. Not only that, but Williams now has a two-game winning streak.
The Ephs scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to score a walk-off, 12-11 win over Gustavus Adolphus. Then Williams came back to beat Westminster 9-8. With the two wins, the Ephs are now 3-7.
It was a pretty good day offensively for Williams, collecting 34 hits in the doubleheader.
Adam Regensburg had an especially good day, going 6 for 11 in the two games. He drove in three runs and scored three times. He hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning against Westminster.
Freshman shortstop Kellen Hathaway was 4 for 8 in the doubleheader, Doug Schaffer was 4 for 7 with four runs scored, while Jack Cloud went 6 for 10 with four runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman Will O'Brien started against Westminster and got his first varsity win. Tyler Duff picked up the save. Tom Benz pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief against Gustavuz Adolphus and got the win.
WILLIAMS MEN'S TENNIS
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. >> The 14th-ranked Ephs have a big match with No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps today, and tuned up for it with an 8-1 win over Westmont College on Monday.
Williams (7-0) won two of the three doubles points, and then won all six singles matches.
Williamstown's Rohan Shastri, playing at No. 2 singles, needed a pair of tiebreakers, but beat Westmont's Travis Kimsey in straight sets. The scores were 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3).