Roundup: Williams baseball, softball keep rolling, sweep doubleheaders
AUBURNDALE, Fla. — It wasn't easy, but the Williams College baseball team scored a doubleheader sweep on Monday.
The Ephs needed to rally in their final at-bats in both games to win, beating Kalamazoo College 10-9 in the first game and 8-5 in the second.
Williams (7-1) will wrap up its Florida stint on Saturday.
In the second game, Williams trailed 4-2 going into the top of the seventh inning. The Ephs scored six runs to take the lead. The key blow was a two-run single by pinch-hitter Billy Shea. The Ephs were aided in the seventh by two bases-loaded walks, a bases-loaded hit batter and an infield single to plate the four other runs.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, reliever Will O'Brien gave up a leadoff double and an RBI single to Noah Hecht. But O'Brien retired the next three batters without allowing the run to score, accounting for the final.
O'Brien got the win with 1 2/3 innings in relief of Sam Rohrer.
In the opener, the Ephs had a 9-5 lead after five innings. Kalamazoo (1-5) rallied for a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to tie the score. Chase Coselman's infield single scored the tying run. Williams could not break the tie in regulation.
Kalamazoo had a leadoff single in the top of the eighth, but could not bring the runner home. The Ephs had three walks and a hit in the home eighth. Philip Barrett had a leadoff single. After Ryan Young walked and Mike Stamas struck out, Eric Pappas walked to load the bases. Barrett scampered home when Erik Mini was walked by losing pitcher Garrett Swanson.
Bryan Woolley, the fifth Williams, pitcher, threw a scoreless eighth inning to get the win.
Doug Schaffer, this week's NESCAC baseball player of the week, was 3 for 6 in the doubleheader with two runs scored and four runs batted in.
The senior first baseman from New Haven, Conn., hit .600 in six games last week and drove in 17 runs. That total was four more than what he drove in during the entire 2018 season.
He was 15 for 25 with five doubles, two triples, and his OPS was an impressive 1.540.
Defensively, he was perfect at first base, handling 51 chances without an error.
LA VERNE, Calif. — Seventh-ranked Williams had the NESCAC softball player of the week, and Mara Kipnis helped the Ephs sweep La Verne on Monday, as the Ephs extended their winning streak to eight games. Williams won the opener 4-3, and took the nightcap 9-3. The Ephs are now 11-3.
Kipnis went 1 for 4 in the doubleheader, scoring two runs and driving in three.
She hit a two-run home run in Williams' three-run third inning that put the Ephs ahead for keeps in the nightcap. Mackenzie Murphy followed Kipnis' blast with a solo home run. Murphy helped her team win two games by going 3 for 8 in the doubleheader with two RBI.
Murphy held La Verne to two runs on four hits in five innings.
In the opener, Williams parlayed a hit, a walk and a two-run error into two runs in the top of the seventh.
Kristina Alvarado led off with a single, went to second on a passed ball and took third on Rebecca Duncan's ground out. Mara Kipnis walked, and after Mackenzie Murphy lined out, Kirstin Mapes reached on an error by La Verne second baseman Ashley Soto, allowing both runs to score.
In the home seventh, Duncan gave up a one-out single to Rachel Ogata, but Ogata never moved off first.
Duncan gave up three runs on three hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.
Kipnis, a first-year player from Redmond, Wash., leads NESCAC with five home runs in her team"s first 12 games.
She earned the NESCAC honor by hitting .526 last week with two doubles and four home runs. Her OPS last week was 1.848. Kipnis drove in 11 runs in eight games.
Williams lacrosse rises in polls
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College men's lacrosse team made some serious noise this past weekend, knocking off nationally ranked Bates. Because of that performance, the Ephs have climbed in the Division III national rankings.
Williams (5-1, 3-1 in NESCAC) made its first appearance in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Top 20, vaulting to No. 14. The Ephs also moved up in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Top 20, sliding from 19th to 10th.
Williams is the fourth NESCAC team in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Top 10, with Amherst second, Tufts third and defending national D-III champion Wesleyan eighth.
In addition, Eph sophomore midfielder Alex Kitt was named the NESCAC co-player of the week.
Kitt, from lacrosse hotbed Potomac, Md., won 37 of 56 faceoffs in a pair of wins last week. He was 18 for 23 in a 16-7 win over RPI, and was 19 of 33 in the 16-14 win over then 11th-ranked Bates.
Bates fell to 12th in the USISL poll, while the Bobcats dropped from seventh to 13th in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse poll.
MASCAC honors two from MCLA
WESTFIELD — MCLA's Mike Urbanski and Kaylyn Holliday earned MASCAC honors in their respective sports. Urbanski is the baseball rookie of the week, while Holliday is the player of the week.
Urbanski a freshman from Beverly, had a 1-0 week where he gave up one earned run in nine innings, striking out 10. He threw six innings, giving up an earned run on three hits and six strikeouts in a 7-3 win over Cazenovia. He also pitched two shutout innings with four K's in a loss to Keuka.
The MCLA baseball team is currently 5-9.
Holliday is the softball player of the week, after hitting 11 for 22 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and five runs batted in. Her OPS was 1.451.
Her best performance was going 3 for 6 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in a doubleheader against Albertus Magnus.
Cooney, Johnson earn NEWMAC honors
SPRINGFIELD — Pittsfield's Jack Cooney was named the NEWMAC baseball athlete of the week.
He hit .423 last week, going 11 for 26. The sophomore drove in 11 runs, scored seven, had 11 stolen bases. He stole four bags in a 11-5 win over Emerson.
Senior pitcher Brian Johnson, who threw for the Pittsfield Suns last summer, was the pitcher of the week. The left-hander from East Haddam, Conn., threw a no-hitter in a win over Emerson. He struck out nine in the win, which was also his second career no-hitter. That sets a Springfield College record.
He leads the conference with 11.44 strikeouts per game.
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The Williams women dropped a 5-2 decision to the University of San Diego, a Division II school.
First-years Julia Pham and Maxine Ng both picked up wins in singles. Pham beat Chloe Wight 6-2, 6-0, while Ng defeated Shweta Kumar 6-2, 6-4.
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