WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- In NESCAC West Division baseball action Saturday afternoon, host Wesleyan swept Williams, 11-0 and 9-1. With the wins, Wesleyan moved to 14-8-1 (5-1 NESCAC West), while Williams fell to 9-11 (2-4 NESCAC West).
In game one, Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and put the game away with six total runs in the third and fourth innings off of Williams starter Steve Marino. Wesleyan's scoring in the first included a two-run triple by outfielder Donnie Cimino. Both runs in their two-run third came on RBI singles, and their four-run fourth included a two-run double by outfielder Steve Moran.
Wesleyan starter Jeff Blout (3-2) pitched a seven-inning shutout to earn the win, while Marino (1-2) took the loss. The Cardinals' Jonathan Dennett led the team offensively in the first game, going 2-3 with four RBI. Williams had five hits in the game, one each from Darren Hartwell, Marco Hernandez, Patrick Blizzard, David Webster, and Thomas Stephens.
In game two, Williams took a first-inning lead, but Wesleyan responded with three runs in the second and six in the third to gain a 9-1 lead that would stand through the end of the contest.
In the Williams first, two-hole hitter David Webster singled and advanced to second on a Wesleyan throwing error. Two batters later, cleanup hitter KC Murphy drove Webster in with a two-out single to left.
Wesleyan soon responded, scoring in the second and third innings off of Williams starter Dan Smith. Their scoring included a home run by Donnie Cimino and two RBI from Andrew Yin.
Wesleyan's Gavin Pittore (1-0) went 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win, while Smith (2-2) took the loss. Sam Goodwin-Boyd led the Cardinals with three hits. For the Ephs, Murphy went 3-4 with an RBI, and Webster and Kelso Stevens added singles.
Williams head coach Bill Barrale said of the Wesleyan series, "It was a tough weekend, we couldn't catch a break. They hit, and we didn't. Their pitchers did a nice job, and we struggled at the plate."
Both teams will return to action in non-conference midweek games. Williams visits Westfield State on Tuesday, April 9, and Wesleyan travels to Western Connecticut State on Wednesday, April 10.