Baseball Snaps Losing Streak with Win over Southern Vermont

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Host Williams scored in each of its first six innings and went on to defeat Southern Vermont, 11-2, in a non-conference baseball game this afternoon at Bobby Coombs Field.  With the win, Williams improves to 10-16, while Southern Vermont fell to 11-16.

Williams started the scoring in the bottom of the first.  With one out and Darren Hartwell on first, Matt Kastner rocketed a ball off of the base of the left field wall.  Hartwell, who had been going on the pitch, scored from first as Kastner trotted into second with an RBI double.

Williams added another in the second.  Senior first baseman KC Murphy led off the frame with a double.  After advancing to third on a Marco Hernandez single, Murphy scored on a Thomas Stephens chopper to short.

The Ephs extended their lead to 3-0 in the third.  With one out, Hartwell lined a ball sharply to left center.  Southern Vermont center fielder Sal Sciara sprinted to his right and made a diving attempt on the ball, but missed it, and Hartwell sped into third with a triple.  Kastner followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score him.

The Ephs put the game away with a six-run fourth.  With one out, Hernandez and Stephens drew back-to-back walks.  Freshman Beau Horan pinch ran for Stephens.  Nine-hole hitter David Webster then grounded to second.  Horan was retired at second for the second out, but the throw to first sailed wide and tipped off of the first baseman's glove.  With the ball loose, Hernandez rounded third and scored.  Webster, who advanced to second on the play, scored the Ephs' fifth run on a Taylor Mondshein double.  Two-hole hitter Hartwell then blooped a double down the left field line, scoring Mondshein.  Kastner then hit a sharp ground ball to the left side, which scored Hartwell after Southern Vermont's shortstop made a diving attempt and deflected the ball into left field.  Phil McGovern followed with a sharp single up the middle, and Luke Pierce tripled in both Kastner and McGovern, leaving Williams with a 9-0 lead.

Williams added single runs in the fifth and sixth to push its lead to 11-0, scoring on a Mondshein triple and Hernandez single, respectively.  Southern Vermont scored its only two runs in the top of the seventh.

Reliever Kelso Stevens (1-1) was credited with the win for Williams.  Stevens went 2.0 innings, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out two.  Starter Joel DeFedele (0-2) took the loss for Southern Vermont, after going 2.0 innings and surrendering two runs on four hits.  Overall, the Williams pitching staff had a strong game.  Senior starter Patrick Blizzard threw two scoreless innings.  Stevens relieved him, and Andrew Bishop, Eddie Kelly, Thomas Murphy, and Jimmy Ray each added a scoreless inning.  Of his pitching staff's effort, Williams head coach Bill Barrale said, "The way the game's set up with the weekend, we wanted to do it by comittee. ... I thought they all threw pretty well."

Six Ephs had multihit games.  Hartwell, Kastner, and Hernandez each had three hits, and Mondshein, McGovern, and Pierce each had two.  Hartwell and Mondshein both added a double and a triple, and Pierce had a triple, as well.  Kastner, Mondshein, and Pierce each drove in multiple runs.  Defensively, Mondshein made a pair of excellent plays at third base in the later stages of the game.

After the game, Barrale said, "We started with a really good practice yesterday, so that was exciting.  The guys showed up.  The pitching was great today, and I thought we swung the bats well."

Williams next plays at home against Bowdoin in a non-NESCAC West Division game on Saturday at 4:00 PM.  Bowdoin will stay in Williamstown for a Sunday doubleheader.  Southern Vermont stays on the road to face the Elms in an NECC doubleheader on Saturday.

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