Ephs walk off with sweep of Hamline

Ephs walk off with sweep of Hamline

MESA, AZ. -- First year Cameron Susk drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, giving Williams a 9-8 win and a sweep of a doubleheader against Hamline University.

The two wins improved Williams to 3-5 and upped their win streak to three. The Ephs next face conference foe Middlebury Friday in the first-game of their three-game NESCAC West series.

In the first game against Hamline, the Ephs allowed six runs in the first inning, but rallied for a 7-6 victory. First-year Ben Oliva made the comeback possible, replacing classmate Evan Olseon with two outs in Hamline's six-run first and throwing 6 1/3 innings of two-hit, shutout relief.

It was 6-6 when Williams came to bat in the top of the sixth. Zach Stone drew a walk and Barrett Allison pinch-ran for him. Jim Entwisle forced Allison at second, but reached on an error, stole second and advanced to third on an error.

First year Jamaal Johnson then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt that scored Entwisle with what proved to be the game-winner.

Williams had 10 hits in the win, led by Chad Brown's 3 for 4 performance. Brown had two doubles and two RBI. Susk went 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBI. Pat Barren went 2 for 4, as did Al Mathews.

In the nightcap, Williams rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead, but Hamline tied the score off Eph ace Dan Benz in the top of the seventh. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth.

First year Stephen Maier led off the frame with a single and was sacrificed to second by Robin Allemand. Mathews flew out to center for the second out, but Barren and Brown drew walks to load the bases, and Susk received a free pass to force home Maier with the winning run.

First year Dan Grossman picked up the win, throwing a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Ed Nadel started and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and four runs, three earned, while walking two and striking out four.

Allemand went 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Mathews was 2 for 4 with two RBI. James Allison went 3 for 4, and Stone 2 for 4. Barren was 1 for 3 with two RBI.