Ephs fall short in 2-1 loss to Bowdoin, eliminated from NESCAC Tournament

Marco Hernandez '14
Marco Hernandez '14

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hours after eliminating Amherst to stay alive in the 2012 NESCAC Tournament, the Williams baseball team ran out of timely hits and dropped a 2-1 decision to Bowdoin at Trinity.

The loss ousted the Ephs from the tourney and put a cap on their 2012 campaign, in which they finished 17-21. Bowdoin will play Trinity Sunday at 10 a.m.

Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Henry Van Zant walked and came around to score on an infield single. Williams tied the game in the top of the fourth when Marco Hernandez drew a two-out walk and raced around to score when Ben Oliva lined a double to right-center field.

Bowdoin regained the lead with a single run in the bottom of the fifth on Dave Findley's RBI-double. Williams had a chance to tie and more in the top of the seventh when Stephen Maier walked and stole second. A Hernandez single moved him to third with one out and Oliva was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Van Zant relieved Bowdoin starter Christian Martin and induced Eph K.C. Murphy to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

In the Williams ninth, Oliva drew a lead-off walk and Ian Edwards relieved Van Zant. Darren Hartwell pinch-hit and laid down a nice sacrifice bunt. A groundout to second from pinch-hitter Kirby Neuner put a runner on third with two outs. Junior Taylor Mondshein battled Edwatds, forcing a 3-2 count before lining out to right to end the game.

Steve Marino was the tough-luck loser for the Ephs, tossing the first seven innings and allowing just the two runs. He allowed seven hit and walked four while striking out four. Martin picked up the win for Bowdoin, and Edwards earned his seventh save of the season.

Williams had just three hits. Oliva was 1 for 1 with three walks and an RBI.