TUCSON, AZ. — The Williams Ciollege baseball team banged out 14 hits in its opening game Wednesday, downing Luther 9-3 behind a solid mound outing from senior Pat Blizzard.
But the Ephs couldn't quite get over the .500 hump as they lost to Beuna Vista later in the day, 8-7, and now sit at 6-7 heading into a critical three-game series with NESCAC West rival Middlebury beginning Friday with a single game at 1 p.m. MST.
In the opener Wednesday, the Ephs built a 5-1 lead early and cruised to the 9-3 victory. In the first, Taylor Mondshein singled, was sacrificed to second by Darren Hartwell and scored on Matt Kastner's single. The Ephs extended their advantage to 3-0 in the third when Mondshein led off with a single, Hartwell singled, Kastner ripped an RBI-single and Marco Hernandez followed with an RBI-single.
Williams scored twice in the fifth without the benefit. of a hit. Three straight walks loaded the bases, and David Webster hit into an RBI-fielder's choice while Kirby Neuner hit into an RBI-groundout.
It was more than enough for Blizzard, who cruised through six frames allowing just a run. His earned win with a final line of 7 1/3 innings, eight hits, three runs, two earned, three walks and six strikeouts.
Mondshein was 2 for 2 with four walks from the lead-off spot, scoring twice. Hernandez was 3 for 5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Kastner was 2 for 2 with two RBI before getting hurt. K.C. Murphy was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two walks.
Williams fell behind 5-0 after the first inning against Beuna Vista, but battled back to take a 6-5 lead by scoring three runs in the third and the fourth. In the fourth, with in out, Mondshein walked and Hartwell followed with an RBI-double. Hernandez was hit by a pitch and Murphy laced an RBI-single. Phil McGovern followed with an RBI-double that scored Murphy for a 6-5 lead.
Beuna Vista tied it with a run in its half of the fourth. The Ephs would score once in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead, but th home team rallied for two runs in the seventh for the 8-7 victory.
Andrew Bishop got the start for Williams and lasted four innings, allowing six hits and one walk while fanning one. He was charged with six runs, five earned. Alex beschloss went the next two-pluss innings, but was saddled with the loss when two runners he put on in the seventh came around to score. In all he allowed four hits and one walk over two innings. He was charged with two runs, one earned.
Hartwell was 2 for 5 for the Ephs with an RBI and two runs scored. Murphy was 2 for 3 with three walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Blizzard was 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.