WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Bowdoin defeated Williams, 13-5, in a NESCAC non-division baseball game today at Williams' Bobby Coombs Field. Bowdoin came back from an early Williams lead and padded their lead in the late innings to win. With the win, Bowdoin improves to 18-9, and Williams fell to 10-17.
Although they failed to score, Williams got some offense going in the bottom of the first off of highly touted Bowdoin starter Oliver Van Zant. Taylor Mondshein led off the Eph first with a line-drive single to shallow center. Mondshein advanced to second on a wild pitch during Darren Hartwell's at bat, but Hartwell grounded to third, and Mondshein was unable to advance to third. Three-hole hitter Matt Kastner then was then nicked in the arm with a Van Zant fastball, giving the Ephs runners on first and second with one out. Cleanup hittter Phil McGovern then hit a frozen rope directly at Bowdoin right fielder John Lefeber, who caught the ball for the second out. Van Zant then struck out Luke Pierce swinging with curveball to end the inning.
Bowdoin scored the game's first run in the top of the second. With two outs, Bowdoin's Sam Canales hit a grounder through the right side that plated shortstop Aaron Rosen, who had singled to begin the inning. Williams starter Thomas Murphy then struck out designated hitter Dan Findley with a breaking ball to end the inning.
Williams took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second thanks to a Bowdoin error and clutch hitting from Mondshein. Senior first baseman KC Murphy led off the inning with a line drive that one-hopped out of the infield. After Marco Hernandez struck out, Kelso Stevens hit a grounder to third that got by Bowdoin's third baseman, who was charged with an error. Murphy advanced to second on the play. David Webster then hit a sharp grounder to the right side to advance the runners to second and third with two outs. Mondshein then came through with a clutch two-run triple off of Van Zant to gives the Ephs a 2-1 lead. On the first pitch pf the at bat, Mondshein was ahead of a Van Zant fastball and fouled it off. The senior third baseman then took a fastball high and a fastball low and in to run the count to 2-1. Mondhsein then crushed a thigh-high fastball to left center for a two-run triple to give Wiliams the lead.
Bowdoin regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. Williams' starter Murphy led off the inning by issuing a walk to Tim McGarry. McGarry then stole second. Rosen then fisted a soft liner through the right side to score McGarry to tie the game at 2-2. Later in the inning, Murphy made an excellent pitch to Canales, but the Bowdoin hitter reached out to get a piece of the pitch and was able to ground the ball through the right side to give Bowdoin a 3-2 lead.
Bowdoin added three runs in the sixth to extend their lead. Luke Regan, Erik Jacobsen, and Dan Findley picked up RBI to help drive Murphy from the game. The teams traded runs in the late innings, but Bowdoin maintained a comfortable lead on their way to a win.
Van Zant (3-1) got the win for Bowdoin, after going 6.0 innings and giving up two runs (none earned) on six hits and striking out eight. Murphy (0-3) took the loss for Williams.
Aaron Rosen led the Bowdoin offense, going 3-3 and scoring five runs. Regan, Jacobsen, and Canales each drove in three runs. For Williams, Mondshein went 4-5 with a triple. Hartwell went 2-4 and scored a run.
Bowdoin led 6-2 after six and extended its lead to 9-2 after seven. Williams answered in the bottom of the seventh. Consecutive singles from Mondshein, Hartwell, and Kastner loaded the bases, and McGovern drove in Mondshein with a sacrifice fly to right. Luke Pierce was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and Murphy drove in Hartwell with another sacrifice fly. After Bowdoin added another four in the top of the ninth, McGovern scored on a wild pitch in the ninth for Williams' fifth run.
After the game, Williams head coach Bill Barrale said, "I thought we started strong, but we faced a good pitcher, and we've got to work on keeping it up for nine innings."
Bowdoin remains in Williamstown to complete the series tomorrow with a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.