MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Williams College baseball team (9-14/4-5 NESCAC) scored 13 runs from the third through 6th innings this afternoon and defeated Little Three rival Wesleyan (13-12/3-3 NESCAC), 14-4, to keep the Ephs' NESCAC Tourney hopes alive.
To remain in contention for a NESCAC Tourney berth the Ephs need to win their final three NESCAC games versus Hamilton at home at the end of the month and hope that Wesleyan does not exceed seven wins in conference play. "I think we finally played like the team I thought we could be this weekend," said Eph head coach Bill Barrale. "We picked a good time to do it too as our backs are against the wall in the league. We had to win all three."
Wesleyan scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when with two outs Alex Meadow singled and then advanced to third on a single by Ben Hoynes. The Cardinals run came via a double steal that found Meadow coming home as Hoynes stole second.
The Ephs' six run explosion in the fifth inning found all six runs coming across the plate with two out. The big hit of the inning was a bases clearing, three-run double by Taylor Mondshein. "We put some pressure on them today with the way we run the bases and their defense helped us a little with errors," said Barrale. "It was nice to see everyone contribute."
Wesleyan was able to get three runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it only narrowed the Eph lead to 13-4 and the Cardinals were shut down the rest of the way.
Sophomore lefty Steve Marino hurled the first 5 innings for the Ephs and he allowed 7 hits and 4 runs (all earned). Marino fanned 3 and walked 2 in improving his record to 2-1. Senior Dan Grossman followed Marino on the hill and threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, and striking out 3.
Wesleyan used seven pitchers in an attempt to quiet the Eph offensive outburst that banged out 16 hits and featured 6 doubles. The Cardinals' starter Jeff Blout (1-3) went the first three innings, allowing 6 hits and 6 runs (3 earned), while walking 1 and striking out 1. Chris Law went 1.2 innings and was touched for 5 hits and 4 runs. Nick Cooney relieved Law, but was unable to record an out, allowing 2 walks and 2 earned runs, and throwing a wild pitch. Chase Levi, Sam Elias, Derek Luken, and Sam Goodwin-Boyd shared the final 3 2/3 innings of work.
Eph seniors Stephen Maier and Cameron Susk (2 doubles) both authored 3-hit games, while Matt Kastner, Phil McGovern, and Ben Olivia each collected two hits. Taylor Mondshein topped the Eph attack with 4 RBI on the day.
"This weekend we did all three things you need to do to win – we had good pitching, timely hitting, and we played solid defense," noted Barrale. "Now we just have to keep it going."
Next up for the Ephs is a home encounter on Tuesday afternoon at 4 when they play host to Western New England University on Bobby Coombs Field.