NESCAC Championship Game 2: Williams 6, Bates 2

Williams Softball

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

MEDFORD, Mass. — A two-out, bases-loaded catcher's interference call led to a six-run explosion that opened up a scoreless pitcher's duel and had Williams set a school record with its 21st consecutive win Saturday, defeating Bates in Game 2 of the NESCAC Softball Championship, 6-2.

The game was halted after five complete innings due to darkness Friday and completed Saturday morning. The Ephs improved to 32-4 overall.

Friday's Game 2 was a scoreless pitcher's duel between Eph junior Rebecca Duncan and Bates junior Kirsten Pelletier. The game was scoreless through 5 1/2 when the Ephs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth when Riley SalvoJessica Kim, and Duncan all singled. After the second out, Kirsten Mapes appeared to ground out to the pitcher to end the frame, but a catcher's interference call allowed pinch-runner Jenny Hickey to score to give the Ephs a 1-0 lead. Mara Kipnis hit a ground ball which resulted in a two-run error and a 3-0 lead. Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano grounded a single back up the middle to make it 4-0, and senior Casey Pelz put an exclamation on the statement by lining a two-run single to right for the six-run lead.