Gordon Tops Baseball, 5-0

Matt Kastner 14
Matt Kastner 14

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Visiting Gordon got out to an early 2-0 lead and went on to defeat Williams, 5-0, in a non-conference game that was called due to rain after seven innings.  With the win, Gordon moved to 14-8 on the season, while Williams fell to 9-13.

Gordon opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but Williams starter Patrick Blizzard got out of a jam to prevent the Fighting Scots from scoring more.  Blizzard walked two batters to begin the inning, giving Gordon runners on first and second.  Three-hole hitter Brian Harrington then took a high fastball to right field for an RBI double.  Gordon was left with runners on second and third, but Blizzard made several good pitches to strand them.  He overpowered cleanup hitter Alex German for a strikeout, then got Alex Potocki to line out to second baseman Kelso Stevens.  Stevens quickly flipped to shortstop Matt Kastner, who doubled up Harrington at second to end the threat.

The Fighting Scots added a second run in the top of the second.  Stephen Crawford started the inning by blooping a single down the right field line.  Stevens made a diving effort, but was unable to come up with the ball.  Crawford stole second, then stole third a few pitches later, coming home to score on a throwing error charged to catcher Phil McGovern.  Gordon added three in the seventh to put the game away.

Freshman starter Scott Hall (2-1) earned the win for the Scots, going 4.1 innings and giving up no runs on four hits, while striking out three.  Senior starter Patrick Blizzard (1-1) took the loss for Williams.

Harrington led the Scots offensively, going 2-3 with an RBI.  For the Ephs, Stevens had two hits, and McGovern, Bryan Jones, and Darren Hartwell added hits, as well.

Williams had scoring chances in the middle innings, but failed to cash in, stranding two runners in the fourth and a man on third in the fifth.  Although Gordon added insurance runs in the seventh, reliever Lucas Casso came in to extract the Ephs from a bases-loaded, one-out jam to prevent more scoring.  In the bottom of the seventh, Williams loaded the bases with two outs, but was unable to score.

Of the game, Williams head coach Bill Barrale said, "We had ten walks [allowed] and no runs.  It's hard to win that way.  I was disappointed, it looked like we didn't show up.  In a game before the weekend, I thought we'd show up with a little more energy, but we didn't.  It's hard to overcome those mistakes, and we've got to hit the ball with guys on base."

Williams next travels to NESCAC and Little Three rival Amherst for a game at Amherst's Memorial Field on Friday, April 12 at 4:00 PM.  Gordon returns home to play Nichols in a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 13.