Ephs drop pair to EConn to open season

Ephs drop pair to EConn to open season

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. -- It was a tough season-opening day for the Williams College baseball team as it dropped a doubleheader to Eastern Connecticut, 10-1 and 6-4.

Williams committed nine errors on the day and Eph pitchers walked 14 batters over the two games. The Ephs (0-2) allowed six runs in the bottom of the first of the first game en route to a 10-1 defeat.

Husky hurler Will Musson limited Williams to two hits over the first seven innings, singles by Robin Allemand and Chad Brown. Senior co-captain Dan Benz took the loss, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

Tom Hester tossed 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball, and Dan Marcet allowed one run on three hits over two innings for the Ephs.

The nightcap was much more competitive, although the Ephs fell behind 2-0 in the third inning. The got a run back in the fourth when senior Zach Stone led off with a single and advanced to third with one out when first-year Chase Davenport roped a double. Sophomore James Allison connected for a sacrifice fly that scored Stone.

In the fifth, Allemand beat out an infield single to third and scored when Brown roped a single to right that was misplayed into a two-base error. That made it a 2-2 game, but the Huskies regained the lead in the top of the sixth.

Williams answered in its half when Taylor Mikell drew a lead-off walk and pinch-runner Martin Green stole second. First-year Cameron Susk pinch-hit and came through with an RBI-single to tie the game at three.

EConn took the lead for good in the seventh. With two outs and nobody on, the Huskies loaded the bases and a throwing error allowed two runs to score for a 5-3 lead. First-year Dan Grossman took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned on two hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings.

Junior Paul Burgdorf got the start and went five solid innings, allowing four hits and three walks and striking out four. Harry Marino hurled an inning, allowing one run on two hits in one frame. Classmate Ben Oliva finished up, allowing one hit and no runs over 1 2/3 innings.

Stone went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Ephs. Stephen Maier and Robin Allemand hit 2 for 5.

Williams will play Gustavus Adolphs tomorrow for two games, the first at 4 p.m.