Softball Falls to Williams in Extras on Day One of NESCAC Tournament

Rachael Smith '18
Rachael Smith '18

Brunswick, Maine - Williams sophomore Jessica Kim (Tustin, Calif.) scored classmate Kristina Alvarado (Murrieta, Calif.) on an RBI-triple in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 3-2 victory over the Trinity College Bantams on Friday afternoon in game one of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Softball Championship Tournament, hosted by Bowdoin College. Trinity falls to 19-14 overall and will play tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. in an elimination game against the loser of this afternoon's game two matchup between the host Polar Bears and Amherst.

Kim led the Ephs offensively with two hits, a run scored and two RBIs, the first of which came on a solo shot in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Junior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, Calif.) and sophomore starting pitcher Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, Calif.) both tallied a pair of hits as well for Williams, who out-hit the Bantams, 9-4. Trinity's pair of runs came via a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior captain Victoria Baez (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) and a solo home run by sophomore Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.).

First-year Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) got the start in the circle for Trinity and went 4.2 innings while allowing just two runs, both on solo home runs, before giving way to junior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.). Smith performed admirably in relief, yielding just a pair of hits in four innings of work and adding two strikeouts, despite being saddled with the loss. Rebecca Duncan (Simi Valley, Calif.) came on in relief of Murphy, who lasted only 1.1 innings, and earned the win in a 7.2 innings appearance where she struck out seven and let up just two hits.

The Bantams broke ahead for the game's first lead in the top of the second on Baez's sacrifice fly. First-year Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.) led the inning off with a walk before advancing to third on a double by junior Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Baez followed with a fly ball to right field that scored Bruno, however Duncan came on and worked a pair of outs to strand Race at second and limit the damage to the lone run.

Trinity held a 1-0 lead until the fifth inning when Williams jumped ahead to a 2-1 lead thanks to a pair of home runs. Brenna Martinez (Arvada, Colo.) led the inning off with a shot to deep center to open up a 1-0 lead before Kim doubled up the score with her own solo blast to right-center. 

Towner hit a one-out bomb, deep over the left field fence in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 2-2. Both Smith and Duncan held the respective offenses in check in the seventh inning to force the game to extras. 

The Bantams loaded the bases in the top of the eighth but were unable to produce a run. Smith retired the side in order in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game going into the ninth.

Trinity went down, 1-2-3, in the top half before Kim delivered in the home half to walk off. After a quick two outs, Alvarado drew a walk to put the game-winning runner on first. Kim came up clutch when she drove a ball into the right-centerfield gap which allowed Alvarado to race home, beating the throw to lift Williams to the one-run victory.