Williams stays alive in NCAA softball


Berkshire Eagle staff

TYLER, Texas — The last time the Williams College softball team made it to the NCAA Division III World Series, the Ephs lost their opening game.

That was two years ago.History repeated itself this year when Williams lost its first game in the tournament. But like 2017, coach Kris Herman's team bounced back with a second-game win.

Rebecca Duncan pitched five shutout innings of relief while NESCAC rookie of the year Mara Kipnis ripped a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Ephs beat St. Thomas (Minn.) 3-2 in an elimination bracket game. The loss sent the top-seeded Tommies home, after they had lost to Eastern Connecticut in their first game of the tournament.

"We've had a bend don't break operation really all season but especially the last three weeks where we've gotten behind and really battled back," Herman said in the post-game press conference. "I'm really proud of every single player on our team."

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The Tommies (43-8) scored twice in the first inning against Williams starter Kirstin Mapes. Elise Barnes had an infield single that scored a run and the second run came home on a successful squeeze bunt.Mapes surrendered three of the seven hits St. Thomas got against here in six innings of work.

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Williams (39-7) chipped away, making it 2-1 on Jessica Kim's home run in the bottom of the third inning, and tied the game on Duncan's RBI single in the fifth.Duncan replaced Mapes in the circle and shut the Tommies down.

The junior right hander surrendered two hits and two walks, but threw five scoreless innings of work. In fact, Mapes retired the last nine St. Thomas hitters of the game. That set the stage for the Williams rally in the 11th.St. Thomas starting pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass, who had thrown every inning for her team in the NCAA Tournament, walked Casey Pelz to open the bottom of the 11th.

Anderson-Glass got to a 3-0 count on Riley Salvo before coach John Tschida came out and made a pitching change.Kendall Hopkins came on and threw one pitch to Salvo, walking the Eph catcher. Jill Jenkin sacrificed the runners up, but Hopkins walked Kristina Alvarado on four pitches to load the bases. The first pitch to Kipnis was a ball, and Tschida sprinted out of the dugout to make a pitching change.

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The new pitcher was left hander Isabelle Marketon, who worked a 3-2 count to Kipnis, before the Eph first-year roped a solid single to center, plating Pelz. Kipnis had three of Williams' nine hits. Duncan and Kim both went 2 for 5.Williams will play the loser of Friday's late game between Texas Lutheran and Eastern Connecticut in another elimination-bracket game.

America East baseball

VESTAL, N.Y. — Pittsfield's Drew DeMartino went 3 for 5 and scored two runs as the University of Hartford beat UAlbany 5-3 in the America East tournament. The win keeps the Hawks alive, but eliminates the Great Danes from the tournament.

Hartford went up 5-0 before Albany scored three runs in the eighth. Former Pittsfield Suns player Zach Ardito had a two-run double in the third. DeMartino scored runs in the third and the fifth inning.In the Albany eighth, Pittsfield's Kevin Donati came up as a pinch hitter and belted an RBI single. The Great Danes did get runners to second and third in the eighth but could not plate either run. Albany went in order in the ninth.


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