Softball Drops Marathon Game Three

April 18, 2010

Merrilee Weston's one-out, two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Williams to a thrilling 7-6 conference win over Middlebury. The Ephs improve to 9-17 on the season, 4-2 in the NESCAC West, while Middlebury falls to 15-8 overall, 6-3 in the West. With the win, the Ephs take the series, 2-1.

Sunday, both teams appeared to have this pivotal game won multiple times. Williams scored three times in the first and led 4-3 after three innings. The score was the same entering the top of the seventh. With two outs and pinch-runner Haley MacKeen at second base, Williams hurler Mary Beth Daub had a 3-2 count on Middlebury's Sarah 

Boylan when the Panther got a hold of the next pitch and drove it over the fence for a dramatic two-run home run and a 5-4 Middlebury lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Eph lead-off batter Oriana Mcgee slashed a single up the middle with no outs and was sacrificed to second by  Allison Hart. Eph first year Cedar Blazek then hit a slow roller to second and was thrown out at first. However, on the play Mcgee just kept running for home and she slid into the plate ahead of the throw from Panther first baseman Megan Margel, tying the game 5-5 and sending it into extra innings.

The Panthers threatened in the top of the eighth when Jessa Hoffman led off with a single and stole second with one out. Daub induced groundouts from Margel and clean-up hitter Geena Constantin to end the threat. Daub left after nine innings having allowed 11 hits and five runs, all earned, while walking four and striking out eight.

Megan Casey took over in the top of the 10th for Williams and Emily Burbridge greeted her with a single. Burbridge was sacrificed to second and moved to third when Kira Gordon beat out a bunt for a single. Margel then blooped a perfectly placed single down the left-field line to score Burbridge with the go-ahead run. With 

runners on second and third and one out, Casey avoided more damage when she induced a groundout for the second out and then fanned the next batter looking.

The Ephs wasted no time trying to get the tying run across in the bottom half of the inning when Hart rocketed a ball into the left-center field gap for a double. Blazek then singled to center, and took second on the throw. After Daub grounded back to Constantin in the circle for the first out, Weston ripped a hard grounder into right   field that scored both runners and gave Williams the 7-6 victory.

Constantin took the loss for the Panthers, going all 9 1/3 innings and allowing 13 hits and seven runs, six earned, while walking just one and striking out nine. Boylan was 2-4 with three RBI for Middlebury, and Alyson Downing was 2-5 with two RBI.

Casey picked the win for the Ephs, tossing just the one inning. Weston was 2-5 with three RBI, and Blazek 3 for 5 with one RBI. Mcgee,  Hart and Caitlyn Cain had two hits each in the win.