Ephs extend win streak to 10 with 9-8 victory over Babson

Ephs extend win streak to 10 with 9-8 victory over Babson

BABSON PARK, MA-  The Williams College baseball team (10-5, 3-0) extended their winning streak to ten with a 9-8 win over Babson College Sunday afternoon.  The Ephs, who were playing in the first game since returning from Arizona, got six strong innings from senior captain Ben Horowitz and an impressive 1 2/3 inning save from fellow senior Zach Stone in the win.

"We played good defense today and had two excellent performances on the mound, and when you can have both those things, you have a great chance to win," said head coach Bill Barrale.  "It was nice to get a win while making the transition from Arizona to New England today, and to do it on the road against a good team makes it even better."

The Ephs looked poised to continue their strong offensive production as they scored three runs in both of the first two innings.  Junior Robin Allemand gave the Ephs a 6-2 lead in the second inning with a two run homer to center, and finished 2-5 with a run on the day.

After the Ephs scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-3 lead, the Beavers started to mount a comeback.  Babson scored three runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth, and found themselves only down one at 9-8. 

It was at this point that the Ephs turned to their strong senior class, as Stone came in with one out in the eighth and struck out two Beaver batters to end the threat.  In the ninth, Stone allowed a one-out single but forced a double play groundball to end the contest and give the Ephs a victory in their New England debut. 

Stepping up for the Ephs on Sunday, were Horowitz, who allowed only four hits while striking out two in the win, and Stone who went 2-4 with an RBI at the plate.  Junior Al Matthews was also impressive, as he went 1-3 with 3 RBI.

Next up for the Ephs is a 4 PM game at Fordham April 7th and an important NESCAC series against archrival Amherst in the home opener April 11th