WALTHAM, MA -- The Williams College baseball team exploded for eight runs in the first two innings and held on for a 15-5 win over Bowdoin in game 1 of the NESCAC tournament. Sophomore Harry Marino was dominant on the mound for the Ephs, allowing an earned run on seven hits, walking two and striking out four in six innings of work.
Williams started strong in the first. Center fielder Stephen Maier '12 led off with a single to left field. Second baseman James Allison '11 followed Maier with a single up the middle. Left fielder Al Mathews '10 then walked to load the bases with nobody out. A wild pitch scored Maier and advanced Mathews and Allison to second and third. Right fielder Pat Barren '11 walked to load the bases again. Designated hitter Robin Allemand then hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Allison. After a strikeout and a walk, first baseman KC Murphy '13 singled up the middle to score Mathews and give the Ephs a 3-0 lead.
After Marino shut down the Polar Bears in the second, the Ephs added five more runs in the bottom of the second. Third baseman Taylor Mondshein '13 led off with a walk. Maier used his speed to turn a sacrifice into a bunt single. Allison hit a sacrifice to advance Maier and Mondshein into scoring position. Mathews sent Mondshein home on a fielder's choice. Barren then reached on an error that scored Maier. Allemand then singled to center field to bring Barren around to score. After Allemand stole second, catcher Chad Brown '10 singled to score him. Shortstop Cameron Susk '12 kept the inning alive with a double to right center that scored Brown.
Bowdoin put together a mini rally in the seventh, scoring four runs off sophomore Dan Grossman. Ben Oliva '12 came on to replace Grossman and escaped the inning, pitching two scoreless innings to secure the victory.
Maier crushed his second home run of the season in the fourth to increase the Eph lead to 10-0. Maier finished the day with a pair of RBI, three hits, and three runs scored. Allemand and Susk added three hits each while Allison, Brown, and Andrew Bishop '13 had two.
Head Coach Bill Barrale was pleased with the team's effort: "Harry Marino pitched a great game, which really helped us. We played great defense and really hit the ball well. Our guys were nice and loose and came out focused. We had a good approach the game and we have a potent lineup 1 through 9. Steve [Maier] had a great day for us and Taylor Mondshein had a clutch double with two strikes. It was a good team effort. Whenever they got on the board we came back with runs of our own."
The Ephs advance to the winner's bracket where they face host Tufts College. Senior Paul Burgdorf '10 will start for the Ephs who can advance to the championship game with a victory.