LEWISTON, ME – The Williams College Ephs (5-14, 2-4) traveled to Bates College today to take on the Bobcats (8-11, 3-3) in a series of two double headers. Today's double header began at 12:00 pm.
After Bates took over late in the first game to post a 6-2 win, the Ephs battled back to earn a split double header with a 4-2 win the second game.
The first inning passed without incident for the Ephs and the Bobcats. In the second inning, the Ephs opened things up for both teams. Two quick outs put the pressure on Williams to perform as first year Erik Mini stepped up for his first at bat. He singled up the right side, advanced to second on a stolen base on the following play, and was batted in by Junior first baseman David Kwan soon after that. A strike out ended the inning for the Ephs with a 1-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, Bates returned in the bottom of the second to take the lead in the game. A walk on the second batter, first year Giovanni Torres' single to left center, and Jon Lindgren advancing to first on a missed throw by the pitcher loaded the bases for the Bobcats. Senior Connor DiVincenz stepped up to the plate with two outs on the inning and knocked a deep single into left field. His effort brought in two runs and Bates would not relinquish the lead for the remaining five innings.
The Ephs mounted a comeback attempt in the fourth inning. Junior catcher Alex Panstares started the inning off strong with a triple to left center. Mini continued his success with a single to right field which scored Williams' second and final run of the game. Unfortunately, a ground out, pop up, and reach on the fielders' choice stifled the Ephs' brief run.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Ephs managed to load the bases with two walks and Kwan being hit by a pitch. However a strike out, and pop up to the short stop ended the at bat for Williams. In the bottom of the sixth, Bates opened up the gap on the Ephs. First year Bryan Wooley came in to close for Williams. Divincenz stepped up for the Bobcats with a single up the right side. The following batter, Jack Arend put two runners on base with a single to the left side. A pitcher error allowed Zach Avila to reach first and brought Bates' lead to two at 4-2. Dan Trulli's single to center field brought in the Bobcat's sixth run of the inning and definitively sealed the win for Bates.
The Ephs were unable to create any opportunities in the seventh, and the game ended with Bates up 1-0 on the day.
The second part of the double-header began at 3:00 pm. The Ephs got off to a strong start in the first inning. Sophomore Mike Stamas lead off for the Ephs and got on base with a single to center field. He kept the momentum going when he stole second on the following play. Junior Doug Schaffer struck out swinging but managed to reach first on an error by the first baseman. The error meant Stamas had the opportunity to score the games' first run. A caught steal, strike out, and ground out removed any potential further scoring options for the Ephs, but a solid defensive effort by Williams meant that the first inning ended with the Ephs up 1-0.
The second inning saw further scoring, this time on both sides. Junior Kellen Hatheway found the ball on his first at bat of the game to earn a double to right center. Senior Adam Dulsky's double two batters later batted in Hatheway to bring the lead to 2-0. Bates returned fire in the bottom of the second. First year Kyle Carter started the Bobcats off with a single to right center. Two consecutive strike outs kept a runner on first with the score unchanged. Noah Loughin singled to right field to push Carter to second. Bates' third consecutive single loaded the bases for the Bobcats. With three men on and two outs on the inning, Divincenz reached first on an error by the short stop. The ensuing chaos brought in Carter to cut the defecit to one.
Innings three, four, and five featured strong pitching and defensive efforts for both Bates and Williams. Collectively, the teams recorded eight strike outs to move the game into the sixth inning. Mini began the at bat for the Ephs with a single through the right side and advanced to second on a passed ball. Hatheway put two runners on base when he reached first on an error by the third baseman. Dulsky came up big again with a single to center field which brought Mini and Hatheway home. The Ephs' 4-1 lead extended through the seventh inning to produce a split double header.
Junir left Jack Bhen went the distance allowing five hits, striking out nine to earn the win.
Williams will take on Bates in another split header on Sunday in non-conference play. Today's split result puts Williams at 5-14 on the year.