ROCHDALE, MA—Coming off a 1-2 series against division rival Wesleyan, the Williams College Ephs (10-4, 4-2) handled the Becker College Hawks (10-10, 4-4) with a 15-5 victory. Both teams registered double-digit hit totals, but Williams excelled in bringing their runners home; the Ephs batted .480 with runners on and .556 with runners in scoring position, compared with .273 and .308 marks respectively for the Hawks.
"This was a great team win," Williams head coach Bill Baralle said after the game. "The pitching staff looked really sharp, we hit the ball well—it was really a great team effort against a very good baseball team."
Williams took the lead in the third inninfg when Kellen Hatheway knocked a two-out RBI single through the left side. Later than inning Kyle McGrath brought hit Hatheway home with a single past the second baseman to give the Ephs a two-run lead.
Having added two more in the fifth off of two walks and a throwing error by the catcher on a steal attempt, Williams took an 8-0 lead in the top of the sixth with an eight-batter, four run inning featuring RBI singles by Jack Roberts and Jackson Parese as well as Kellen Hatheway's second RBI hit of the day, this one a double.
Becker got on the board in the bottom of that inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Niko Bedell ripped a grounder through the left side to score two. Williams pitcher Cole Futterman stopped the bleeding however, forcing a pop-up and then striking out Michael Martinez with the bases loaded again to end the inning.
The Ephs did not let up, scoring in the final five innings of the game; Jack Roberts's two-run home run to right in the eighth, his second in four days, put the Ephs in double digits. The Hawks answered in the bottom of the eighth, however, stringing together four consecutive hits off Eph hurler Tyler Duff to lead off the inning. Niko Bedell notched his third RBI of the day with a single to score Vaibhav Desai, while Evan Barrera scored from third on a breaking ball that got away from Duff and past the catcher. Bedell advanced to third on a double by T.J. Sempkowski and scored on a Kevin Perez ground out, bringing Becker's run total to its final tally at 5.
Williams wasn't quite finished, however, recording four runs in the top of the ninth off of RBI singles by Jack Overholt, Kellen Hatheway and Jack Roberts. Kyle Dean came into the game to pitch for Williams and closed the door on the Hawks, striking out the side to end the game.
Niko Bedell was the standout offensive performer for Becker, leading the Hawks in average, hits, and RBIs. He batted 3-4 on the day and knocking in three runs. Jack Roberts (4-5) and Kellen Hatheway (3-5) led the way for the Eph batters, together accounting for all but one of the Ephs' runs either through RBIs or scoring themselves.
"Those two are our spark plug," Coach Baralle said of Hatheway and Roberts, who lead the team in batting average and hits. "They can really square the ball up, they play hard, and they spark us in a lot of innings. They're two great ball players."
Williams flexed their bullpen, giving seven pitchers a shot in the game, but it was the starting pitcher, first-year Charlie Carpenter who was credited with the win, the first of his career. Meanwhile, Becker starter Tanyon Ventres (2-3) was charged with the loss, giving up three hits, three earned runs, and five walks in his four and a third innings.
Becker returns to action tomorrow versus Anna Maria College, while Williams plays its annual series against arch-rival Amherst this weekend, the first game of which will be at Amherst on Friday at 4:00 PM.