Ephs top Calvin again but settle for another split

KC Murphy '13
KC Murphy '13

TUCSON, AZ. — Five different players had two hits and first-year Arnie Capute earned his first collegiate victory Tuesday when the Williams College baseball team defeated Calvin for the second time in two days, this time by a 12-8 score.

But for the second straight day, a team from Wisconsin denied the Ephs a sweep of the day as Wisconsin LaCrosse knocked off the Ephs, 13-8, in the second contest of the afternoon.

Williams sits at 2-2 after two days in the Arizona sun. The Ephs play a single game Wednesday against Macalester (Mn.) beginning at 2 p.m. MST.

The Ephs struck for seven runs in the bottom of the first against Calvin and never looked back. Taylor Mondshein led off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout by Darren Hartwell. Matt Kastner reached on an error and Marco Hernandez walked to load the bases. Patrick Blizzard ripped an RBI-single for a 1-0 lead, and Thomas Murphy followed with another RBI-single for a 2-0 advantage. Tommy Stephens singled before David Webster's groundout plated another run. Beau Horan singled before Mondshein came up with a two-run double to cap the uprising.

Calvin clawed back to 7-3 before the Ephs struck for two runs in the third and one in the fifth for a 10-3 lead. Calvin scored five runs in the sixth to get as close as 10-8, but for the second day in a row, the Ephs' bullpen rose to challenge, shutting out Calvin over the final three fames to secure the 12-8 victory.

Capute went the first six innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs, all earned, while walking four and striking out four. Andrew Bishop tossed an inning of scoreless relief before Eddie Kelly came in and hurled the final two frames, allowing no runs on two hits. he did not walk a batter and struck out two.

Mondshein finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBI. Hartwell was 2 for 5, Blizzard was 2 for 5 with an RBI, Murphy 2 for 4 with an RBI, Stephens 2 for 4 ahd Horan 1 for 3 with two RBI.

In the nightcap, Williams built a 3-0 lead after two innings for first-year Dan Smith, but La Crosse battled back with four in the third and eight more in the fourth to chase Smith and build a 12-4 lead. They hung on for the 13-8 win.

Smith took the loss, going the first 3 1/3 innings and allowing 10 hits and 12 runs, 10 earned, while walking four and striking out two. Lucas Casso came in and threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, while Alex Beschloss, Blizzard and Jacob Slater all threw one inning of shutout relief.

Williams had 11 hits in the loss. Hernandez was 3 for 5 with two RBi, Blizzard was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Hartwell 2 for 4 with an RBI.

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