WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Ephs 11-game win streak came to a screeching halt today as they were outdueled by the Lord Jeffs of Amherst in an afternoon doubleheader, losing 12-1 in the first game and 4-1 in the second. Williams is now 11-7 overall and 3-2 in conference matches, while Amherst improves to 11-9 and 4-3 in the NESCAC West.
"We didn't make the routine plays today and we didn't have a good approach to the plate," said Eph head coach Bill Barrale. "They [Amherst] outpitched us, they outhit us, and they flat outplayed us this afternoon."
The first game was to seven innings, and the Lord Jeffs got a full seven from sophomore hurler Ryan Healy, who allowed just 1 run, 1 walk and struck out 7 in an impressive 2-hit performance. Eph starter Dan Benz had a more difficult day, as he suffered 8 runs on 7 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings of work. He was knocked out in the top of the fifth, an inning in which Amherst amassed 10 runs on 7 hits and 2 errors. It would prove to be more than enough offense for Healy and the Lord Jeffs as they coasted to the 12-1 victory.
Game two was a nine-inning affair, and Amherst's pitching was strong again. This time it was sophomore starter Max McKenna asnd senior reliever Ryan Platzbecker who dominated the hill. Combined, they let up just 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6. Williams junior starter Paul Burgdorf went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in his outing. Freshman Harry Marino was outstanding in relief, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk over 4 innings.
The Ephs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after freshman outfielder Stephen Maier walked and senior Taylor Mikell singled him to third. Maier took home on a pass ball to give Williams their only lead of the day. But it was short-lived, as Amherst tied the score in the top half of the next inning, and then added two more in the top half of the third. The scoring in that inning was punctuated by a deep drive off the right-center field wall by senior Brendan Powers that scored sophomore Scott Shafer to give the Lord Jeffs a 3-1 lead. They would add one more in the top of the fifth on their way to a 4-1 win.
"Harry did a great job for us today," commented Barrale, "but it was too late. We gave them too many outs over the course of the day and you can't win like that.... We're gonna have to take much better approaches to our at-bats and do a better job of making the routine play if we want to get back on to a winning track."
Williams will rest Sunday before resuming their campaign Monday afternoon at home against MCLA. The first pitch will be thrown at 4PM on the Bobby Coombs field.