Softball Swept in Doubleheader by No. 3 Williams

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan softball team lost both games of its doubleheader to No. 3 Williams on Saturday at the Wesleyan Softball Field. In game one, Rebecca Duncan tossed a no-hitter as the Ephs won, 3-0. In the nightcap, Williams came out strong and prevailed, 7-1.

The Cardinals fall to 12-20 overall and 1-10 in league play. They are scheduled to conclude the three-game series against the Ephs tomorrow at 11 a.m. Williams extended its win streak to 18 as it improved to 30-4 and 11-0.

Prior to the game, the Cardinals honored their two senior class members, Kendall Carr and Olivia Gorman. Carr and Gorman are both multi-sport athletes, as Carr is a member of the women's ice hockey team and Gorman played on the women's basketball and soccer teams throughout her career.

GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Duncan was dominant in game one as she tossed a complete game no-hitter while striking out 12 batters and walking just two.
  • Despite the loss, Brenna Monroe was excellent in the circle for Wesleyan, as well, as she pitched a complete game allowing just three runs on five hits and striking out eight.
  • Williams scored all of its runs in the top of the fourth. Kirstin Mapes hit a two-out single to left field, then Duncan singled through the left side, and Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano homered over the left field fence.
  • Five different Ephs recorded a hit. The home run by Medvene-Cirigliano was the only extra-base hit allowed all game.

GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was a different story in game two as Williams' bats came out swinging early.
  • In the top of the first, with two outs and the bases empty, Mackenzie Murphy, Mapes, and Rachel Neugart each singled in consecutive order while Neugart's hit to center field drove in Murphy.
  • The following inning, Jessica Kim reached on a fielder's choice bunt to bring home Jenny Hickey, who was walked in the leadoff spot. On the following at-bat, Duncan hit a three-run homer to left center to put Williams up 5-0.
  • In the bottom half of the inning, Sophia Sciarappa led off with an infield single. After consecutive outs and a walk, to put runners on first and second, a single by Carr down the right field line drove in a run to cut the deficit to four.
  • In the top of the third, Williams added two more runs as Dacia Green hit a two-RBI single. It proved to be the final runs as the Ephs claimed the 7-1 victory.
  • Murphy tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits. Danielle Rinaldi started in the circle for Wesleyan and Monroe relieved her in the fourth. Monroe did not allow a run in four innings and surrendered just two hits.
  • Duncan and Neugart recorded two hits each to lead Williams offensively, while five others tallied a solo hit.