Ephs open season with split against Hamline

Marco Hernandez '14
Marco Hernandez '14

TUCSON, AZ. -- The Willliams College baseball team opened its season with a bang Sunday, splitting a wild doubleheader with Hamline University at the Kino Sports Complex, winning the opener 20-14 and losing the nightcap, 14-7. 

The Ephs are 1-1. They face Valley City State Monday at 3 p.m. MT.

Both of Sunday's marathons were 7-inning affairs, making the Ephs' 20 hits and runs in their first game of the season that much more impressive. Williams scored three runs in every inning but two: It scored four in the first and one in the third. 

First year Jack Roberts was 4 for 6 with five runs scored and two RBI. Luke Pierce was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Six other Ephs had two hits each: Matt Kastner, Phil McGovern, Jack Cloud, Tommy Stephens, Nathan Michalski and Marco Hernandez. Stephens had four RBI in the win.

It was Stephens who got things rolling with a thre-run triple in the first that helped the Ephs build a 4-0 lead, but Hamline rallied with four of its own off Eph starter Dan Smith in the bottom of the frame to tie things up.

A three-run second gave the Ephs a little separation. McGovern had an RBI double, Pierce an RBI-single and Hernandez scored McGovern with a sacrifice fly.

With the Ephs nursing a 14-10 lead in the top of the sixth, Cloud ripped a two-run triple that gave the Ephs a seven-run lead. 

Five Williams pitched gave up 13 hits and eight walks over seven innings. Jacob Slater gave up five hits and one walk over two innings and was charged with three runs, but was the winning pitcher.

In the second game, the Ephs rallied for four runs in he bottom of the fifth to take a 7-6 lead, but Hamline rallied for three in the sixth and added five in the seventh to pull away for the 14-7 win.

Steve Marino got the start for the Ephs, but it was Eddie Kelley who allowed the Ephs the oportunity to rally. Kelly pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up no hits and no runs while striking out three.