AMHERST >> If the Williams College softball team can beat Amherst today to take the three-game series, the Ephs would put themselves in the driver's seat to clinch the NESCAC West Division championship.
Williams managed a split of a doubleheader Saturday by scoring six runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Amherst 7-3, after the home team earned a 7-6 win in the opener.
A win today would give Williams (25-8, 6-2) a two-game lead in the West over Amherst (19-7, 5-2). The Ephs play Middlebury three times this coming weekend and a win over Amherst today and a sweep would give the Ephs the title.
For a while, it looked like Amherst was going to get out with a sweep. Sammy Salust's two-run single keyed Amherst's three-run third inning, as Williams trailed 3-1.
In the seventh, the Ephs had runners on second and third with two outs when Erica Li started the rally with a two-run single. Brenna Martinez followed with an RBI single to give the Ephs a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, Mackenzie Murphy belted a three-run home run, making it 7-3. Murphy had been the losing pitcher in the opener.
Brooke Bovier, who scattered three runs on five hits in the game, gave up a single and two walks to load the bases in the home seventh. Amherst's Taylor Summe popped to Brenna Martinez at second and Alena Marovi grounded to third baseman Kacey Cramer to give the Ephs the win.
In game one, Salust hit a three-run single with two outs in the fifth, putting Amherst up 7-5. Lexi Curt made it 7-6 with an RBI double in the top of the sixth.
In the seventh, the Ephs had runners on first and second with one out, but neither Taylor Donze or Li could deliver the tying run.
BRUNSWICK, MAINE >> It was a day of near misses for the Williams baseball team, as it was swept at Bowdoin.
In the opener, Luke Rodino gave up one earned run on five hits, but was outpitched by Harry Ridge in a 2-0 win for the Polar Bears. In the nightcap, Joe Gentile's RBI walk-off single in the 10th inning gave Bowdoin a 4-3 win.
Rodino had a shutout going until the bottom of the sixth inning when he uncorked a wild pitch allowing Cody Todesco to score the tie-breaking run. Chad Martin's RBI single made it 2-0. Williams did not threaten in the top of the seventh.
Ridge gave up seven hits and a walk, striking out six. Rodino walked one and struck out eight.
In the second game, Williams forced extra innings on Beau Horan's two-run single. In the bottom of the ninth, reliever Arnie Capute stranded Sean Mullaney at second after he hit a two-out double.
Williams went 1-2-3 in the 10th. In the home 10th, Todesco doubled, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on Gentile's single.
With the sweep, Williams falls to 9-16, 4-5 in NESCAC. Bowdoin is 17-10 and 3-6.
WILLIAMS MEN'S LACROSSE
AMHERST >> At Pratt Field, host Amherst scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter, breaking open a one-goal game and beating Williams 11-8.
The Ephs (8-6, 4-5) trailed 6-4 at halftime and cut the lead to 6-5 on Conor Roddy's man-up goal with 13:43 left. Exactly 39 seconds later, Amherst's Charlie Gill scored a man up, and by the time the quarter ended, Amherst led 10-5.
Gill, Andrew Ford and Kane Haffey all had two goals each for Amherst (11-3, 7-2). Roddy and Michael Fahey had two goals each for the Ephs.
Eph goalie Miles McCarthy had 23 saves, while Thomas Gilligan had 15 for Amherst.
WILLIAMS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
WILLIAMSTOWN >> At Farley-Lamb Field, Williams was 21 seconds away from a major upset. Instead, visiting Amherst handed the Ephs some heartache.
Kelly Karczewski's goal with four seconds left in regulation tied the game and Mia Haughton scored in overtime to give Amherst a 10-9 win over Williams.
Micaela Dussel's goal put Williams up 9-8, but the Ephs could not hold the lead.
Haughton had three goals for Amherst (11-2, 7-2), while Emma Tenbarge and Katie Gallop had two goals each for Williams (4-9, 2-7).