WILLIAMSTOWN, MA. --- The Ephs (10-17) began the Saturday double header with a good Tufts University (18-8) team at Bobby Coombs field.
The first game, won by Tufts, 10-1, was highlighted by sophomore Christian Sbily's spectacular outing where he threw a complete game for the Jumbos going 7 innings allowing 1 run, 1 earned, and 5 hits. Sbily added 2 walks and 2 strikeouts to his performance.
Freshman Luke Pierce was the only Ephs batter with a multiple hit game going 2 for 3. While the Jumbos combined for 13 total hits with sophomores Tim Mitropoulos and Nate Izzo both went 3 for 4. Seniors Sam Sager and Matt Collins each had multiple hit games with 2 apiece. Collins roped a double and a triple.
Senior Harry Marino got the nod and went 4 2/3 innings allowing 9 runs, 7 earned, on 11 hits contributing 3 strikeouts and 1 walk. Marino was relieved by freshman Kelso Stevens who went 2 1/3 innings allowing 1 run, 1 earned, on 2 hits.
In the bottom of the first, junior Darren Hartwell beat out an infield single to get on base for fellow junior Taylor Mondshein to advance him to third with a single of his own to right field. Senior Cameron Susk then hit into a fielder's choice to bring home Hartwell for the first run, and the only for the Ephs, of the ballgame.
In the top of the second, freshman Bryan Egan hit a bases-loaded single up the middle for the Jumbos to bring home both freshman Wade Hauser, who reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Izzo who singled earlier. Then, Mitropoulos brought home junior first baseman Tom Howard with a single to right.
In the top of the fourth, Izzo and Mitropoulos were at it again when Izzo led off with a single to start the inning. Mitropoulos eventually brought him home with another RBI single to right field. Sager then hit into a fielder's choice to bring home Howard who reached on an error earlier in that inning.
The Jumbos were right back at it again in the top of the fifth when Collins slugged a leadoff double down the left field line. Junior Eric Weikert then executed a bunt for an infield single down the first baseline. Collins advanced to third on the bunt where Hauser would hit him home with a sacrifice fly to right field. Izzo then batted another single top advance Weikert to second and they both would score on a shot to the right-centerfield gap by Howard. Howard would score on Sager's single to left to give the Jumbos a four run fifth inning. The Jumbos would add one last run in the top of the sixth when Collins led off with a triple to left-center field. Hauser would bring him home with an RBI groundout to the shortstop.
The second game would be closer for the Ephs but to no avail as Tufts took the second game as well, 7-3.
Freshman pitcher Tom Murphy started the game for the Ephs and went 6 1/3 innings allowing 9 hits, 6 runs (only 2 were earned), adding a walk and 5 strikeouts to his outing. While Murphy was charged with the loss, head coach Bill Barrale reflected after, "Tom couldn't have pitched any better for us today. He had a great outing."
Senior Matt Berdoff relieved Murphy and threw 1 2/3 innings allowing no runs, throwing 2 strikeouts and a walk. Junior Jimmy Ray threw last for the Ephs going 1 inning allowing 2 hits and 1 run (1 earned).
Senior Kevin Gilchrist started on the mound for the Jumbos going 5 1/3 giving up 3 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits. Gilchrist added 3 walks and 4 strikeouts to his performance earning the win. Freshman Willie Archibald relieved for 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 hit, adding a strikeout and a walk. Sophomore Dean Lambert closed the game for Tufts going two innings allowing no hits, while he added a strikeout and two walks.
Wade Hauser led the Jumbos' offensive attack in the second game going 4 for 5 with 3 RBI. Collins went 3 for 5 on the day scoring 3 runs and Sager went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run. Hauser went 4 for 7 with 5 RBI on the day. Collins, Sager, and Mitropoulos each had a double in the second game.
The Jumbos got off to a great start in the second game scoring two runs in the top of the first. Freshman Connor McDavitt reached on an error. (1 of 4 on the day for the Ephs) Collins swatted a single between the shortstop and third baseman advancing McDavitt to second. Both would reach scoring position on a wild pitch. Weikert hit an RBI groundout to second bringing home McDavitt, while Collins scored on an RBI single to center by Hauser.
Tim Mitropoulos smacked a two-out double to left in the top of the second. He then scored when Sager squeezed an RBI single up the middle. Mitropoulos was 4 for 7 on the day with 3 RBI and a run scored.
Williams' offense seemingly came alive in the bottom of the six when they scored three runs of their own tying the ball game. Senior Stephen Maier led off the inning a single to left. Mondshein and Susk each drew walks, loading the bases for sophomore Marco Hernandez who hit an RBI single to right. Hartwell roped an RBI grounder to short where he dug out a potential double play ball, scoring Mondshein. Freshman Phil McGovern was hit by the very next pitch, bringing home Susk.
However, Tufts would let down as they scored three more runs of their own in the top of the seventh. Sager led off with a double and ended up making it to third on an errant cut off throw. McDavitt executed a sacrifice fly to center bringing Sager home. Collins then singled up the middle followed by Weikert who reached on an infield error. Hauser singled to right center scoring Collins and advancing Weikert all the way to third. Izzo hit a sac fly of his own to bring home Weikert to cap off a three run inning by the Jumbos.
The Ephs could not return the favor as Tufts scored one more time in the top of the ninth when Collins hit another leadoff double to the right center gap. Hauser would slug him home with another single.
"We treated these games like they didn't matter and it showed," remarked coach Barrale after the double header.
The Ephs (10-17) resume non-conference play away on Tuesday at 4 PM against Union College (15-15). Tufts University (18-8) plays at Daniel Webster tomorrow, April 22.