Spurred by Allison Williams' clutch hitting and strong performance on the mound in game two, the Carroll College softball team rallied to win a pair of games Sunday in the final day of the NAIA So Cal Classic in West Covina, California. The Saints beat Marymount California, 3-2, and Menlo, 2-1.
The Saints did not create a ton of offense, but they scored enough when it mattered to lock up both wins.
In the first game against Marymount, the Saints could not string together enough hits early to get on the board. Marymount broke through first with a two-run home run from in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The Saints needed a boost, and they got it from Williams. As a pinch hitter, Williams faced one pitch, sending it over the left field wall to spark a rally.
Four batters late, Brittany Smith reached on an error which scored Kendall Mooney and Tianna Sell, giving Carroll a 3-2 lead.
Tess Eaton closed out her complete-game win with four strikeouts, allowing seven hits and walking four for the Saints.
In the second game, Williams came up big again on the offensive end. She reached on an error in the second and was batted in by Mooney to give Carroll a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Menlo tied the game at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly, and the game remained tied until the seventh inning when Williams showed her power again.
She took a fastball high in the zone and sent the ball over the fence in dead-center field to put the Saints up 2-1.
After a pair of base runners reached, the Saints closed the game with a routine pop-up to second base.
Williams gave up nine hits, but struck out seven, including the first four batters, and didn't give up a single walk.
The wins move Carroll to 4-3 on the weekend and the season.
The Saints next travel to Minot, North Dakota, for games against Minot State University and the University of Minnesota Crookston in the Minot State Bubble Invite from Feb. 24-25.