Courtesy Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College Ephs (33-10) shut out the Western Connecticut State University Colonials (23-18) 9-0 in Game 4 of the NCAA regional tournament. Pitcher Mackenzie Murphy earned her 15th win of the season with six strikeouts and allowed just five hits on the game. Williams will play Johnson & Wales University at 3:30 p.m.
The Ephs wasted no time getting on the scoreboard today as Lexi Curt singled to center field to drive home Erica Li for an RBI in the top of the first inning. Li singled again in the top of the second and scored the Ephs' second run off of a wild pitch by Western Connecticut pitcher Alle Sabith.
In the top of the fifth inning the Ephs' offense exploded when Murphy singled to right field to drive home Li and Jessica Kim. Murphy advanced to third on a fielding error by Western Connecticut right fielder and was driven home by Curt to put the Ephs ahead 5-0.
In the top of the seventh, Eph right fielder Tayler Donze smoked a single to left center to start a late game rally for the Ephs. Li, Kim, Alejandra Magana connected for four consecutive singles. Kim earned an RBI for driving home Donze. With no outs and the bases loaded, Curt stepped up to the plate and drove in Li on a hard hit ground ball to shortstop. Margo Beck walked with the bases loaded to send Kim across the plate for an RBI. Kristina Alvarado then reached on a fielding error by Western Connecticut's second basemen to drive home Magana.
The Colonials were unable to cross home plate with just five hits on the game, and the game ended 9-0 in the Ephs' favor.
Li went 4-for-4 on the day and scored four runs, while Jessica Kim was 3-for-4.