|Williams Softball Falls in College World Series Opener|
|09:29PM / Thursday, May 23, 2019|
TYLER, Texas -- The Williams College softball team's debut at the 2019 Div. III national championships was a case of missed opportunities, as they fell to Texas Lutheran University, 7-1, on Thursday afternoon.
The loss will pit the Ephs, now 38-6, against St. Thomas Friday at 11 a.m. in an elimination game.
Madisyn Cates went 4-for-4 to spearhead the Bulldogs' attack, which included home runs from Kayla Oliveira and Phoebe Snow. The Ephs managed six hits, but left 10 runners on base in the contest, including four in the opening two innings when the game was still scoreless.
Williams, the away team, had runners on first and second in the top of the first when Rebecca Duncan and Jessica Kim reached on errors by Bulldog infielders. But Lutheran starter Oliveira wiggled out of the jam by retiring the next three batters.
In the Ephs' second, Casey Pelz drew a lead-off walk and Riley Salvo followed by grounding a single through the left side to put runners on first and second with no outs. Jenny Hickey put down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, but Oliveira again got out of a jam by retiring the next two hitters.
Men's Track and Field
GENEVA, Ohio -- Tristan Colaizzi and Aidan Ryan competed Thursday on the first day of the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, held at the SPIRE Institute. Each athlete competed in the preliminary rounds of the 1,500 meters.
Both athletes were in the first heat of two in the 1500. Each heat features 10 athletes, with the top four in each heat and the next four fastest times qualifying for the 12-man final on Saturday. Ryan came in seeded eighth overall, while Colaizzi was seeded 11th.