QUINCY, MA -- Williams traveled to Suffolk and split a pair of close games in a non-conference doubleheader, winning 3-2 in game one and losing 6-5 in game two. Both games were seven-inning contests. With the split, Williams moved to 15-20 on the season, while Suffolk moved to 29-11.
Williams took an early 2-0 lead with runs in the first and third innings. With one out in the first, a Darren Hartwell double and Taylor Mondshein single gave the Ephs runners on first and third. Cleanup hitter Phil McGovern followed with a fly ball to left, and Hartwell tagged up and scored the Ephs' first run. In the third, the top of the Eph order produced again. Hartwell reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. With two outs, Mondshein singled him in to double Williams' lead.
Suffolk soon responded, tying the game with runs in the third and fourth on RBI hits from Jake Cintolo and Jon Lapolla. Williams, however, retook a narrow lead in the top of the fifth, with the top of the order producing again. With one out, walks by Hartwell and Mondshein and a McGovern single loaded the bases. KC Murphy then hit a ground ball to short. Although Suffolk was able to force McGovern at second, they were unable to get Murphy at first, and Hartwell came in the back door to score and give the Ephs a 3-2 lead.
Murphy, Casso, and Ray held the lead, combining for three strong innings to close the game out. Murphy pitched a 1-2-3 fifth before being removed after one batter in the sixth. Casso got two outs, and was relieved by Ray with a runner on base. Ray got Mike Muse to ground out to end the threat. Ray then worked a scoreless seventh to earn the save and give Williams the win.
Murphy (1-4) got the win for Williams. He went 5+ innings, surrendering two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out one. Suffolk starter Josh Desai (4-4) had a complete game effort in the loss. Ray's save was his fifth of the season, and he struck out two in the game.
Offensively, Hartwell and Mondshein each had two hits, and Hartwell scored all three of the Ephs' runs. For Suffolk, Mike Cunningham and JC Collette each added a pair of hits.
After the game, Williams head coach Bill Barrale shared his thoughts on the win, "Darren scored three runs, and he was on base a lot. They're a good team with a good record. Murph pitched well, we used Lucas Casso effectively, and then Jimmy Ray came in and closed it out. It was a good game, nice one-run win, nice win on the road."
In game two, Suffolk scored in each of the first four innings to take a 5-0 lead. Williams fought back to tie the game with a five-run sixth, but Suffolk walked off with the win in the bottom of the seventh, winning 6-5.
Suffolk's offense came out strong in game two, after a relatively quiet game one. Jake Cintolo got the Rams' first hit of the game with a single in the first. It was also the 200th of his career, and he became only the third player in Suffolk history to reach the milestone. Cintolo would come around to score on a Chris Stanley sacrifice fly. Suffolk added a pair in the second on an error, Muse singled in a run in the third, and Cintolo drove in a run in the fourth. Suffolk was left with a 5-0 lead after four.
Williams did not record its first hit until the top of the fifth, when Murphy and Marco Hernandez both singled. In the sixth, however, they tied the contest with a five-run inning that also drove Suffolk starter Jonathan Richard from the game. All five of the Ephs' runs came with two outs. With Thomas Stephens (double) and Matt Kastner (single) giving the Ephs runners on the corners with two outs, Mondshein started the scoring with a two-run double. McGovern then doubled in Mondshein to cut the Ram lead to 5-3. McGovern was singled in by Murphy, who later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at five.
Suffolk, however, walked off with the win in the seventh. Ray, making his second appearance of the day, came on in the sixth and stranded a pair. In the seventh, however, a combination of a single, sacrifice bunt, passed ball, and Lapolla sacrifice fly gave the Rams the win.
Suffolk reliever Cal Carroll (3-0) got the win, after taking over for Richard and throwing 1.2 innings of one-hit baseball. Ray (2-2) took the loss.
Offensively, Suffolk got two hits apiece from Cintolo, Cunningham, and Muse, and Mac Jacobson scored two runs. For Williams, only Hernandez and Murphy had multi-hit games.
Williams returns home to play its final games of the season, a doubleheader against Bates starting at noon. Suffolk heads on the road tomorrow to play Southern Maine at 1:00 in a matchup of highly regarded teams.