College roundup: Williams softball opens year with sweep

WHITTIER, Calif. — The Williams softball team opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Whittier.

In game one, the Ephs (2-0) needed nine innings for a 6-4 win. Trailing 3-2 entering the seventh, Kristina Alvarado hit a double to right field to plate Casey Pelz and tie up the game.

In the ninth, Alvarado reached on an error, which again allowed Pelz to score. Jessica Kim then brought Alvarado around to plate the insurance run.

Alvarado finished 1 for 4 with the two RBI, and Kim was 2 for 5.

Rebecca Duncan got the win in relief, going two innings and striking out three. Sam Blum took the loss, going the distance and striking out two on nine hits.

In the second game, the Ephs withstood a seventh-inning rally to pick up a 6-5 win.

Willimas built up a 4-0 lead through five innings when Kim singled to plate Alvarado and Mackenzie Murphy.

Whittier, though, pulled two runs back in the next two innings, then after a two-run Williams seventh, Whittier scored three runs but Alejandra Magana forced a game-ending double play.

Rebecca Duncan took the win, striking out nine on seven hits. Kim went 3 for 4 with three RBI and Murphy finished 2 for 4 with two ribbies.

MCLA drops doubleheader

CLERMONT, Fla. — The MCLA softball team dropped a doubleheader on Sunday morning, falling to Wesleyan 11-3 and Buena Vista 13-1, both in five innings.

Against the Cardinals, a five-run first inning doomed the Trailblazers (0-7).

Wesleyan built up a 7-0 lead before MCLA scored three runs in the fifth. Erika Quackenbush was responsible for all three, as her two-run double plated Kaitlyn Berghala and Nevada Nelsen, then an error allowed Quackenbush to score later in the inning.

Morgan Watson took the loss, going 3 1/3 innings while giving up six hits and four runs, only one earned.

For Wesleyan, Rachel Kantor took the win, going 4 2/3 and striking out six on six hits. At the dish, Jamie Horn went 2 for 4 with three RBI.

In the second game, MCLA got an early lead on a sac fly by Quackenbush, which plated Berghala.

Buena Vista responded with six runs in the third and seven in the fourth.

Kara Adams took the loss, going three innings while giving up six hits and nine runs, with only two earned.

Moriah Guyett took the win, going the distance and striking out six. Autumn Boland went 1 for 3 with three RBI.


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