Ephs settle for split with Concordia-Wisconsin

Charlie Baxter '14
Charlie Baxter '14

TUCSON, AZ. -- An opposing pitcher finally slowed down the Williams College baseball team, but it wasn't before another 18-hit attack led the Ephs to a 13-11 game one victory over Concordia-Wisconsin Tuesday. The Eph were held to only four hits in the nightcap and fell 4-3.

Williams stands at 3-2. The Ephs face Oberlin Wednesday at 4 p.m. MT.

A six-run second inning helped propel the Ephs to a game one victory. Three Ephs had three hits each in the win and four others had two each. Senior Matt Kastner led the way, going 3 for 3 with threeruns scored while Luke Pierce was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and Jack Cloud was 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Tommy Stephens was 2 for 5 with three RBI and Phil McGovern 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

The Ephs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Kastner walked, Pierce singled and McGovern and Jack Roberts followed with RBI-singles. David Rosas ignited the six-run second with a lead-off single and a stolen base. Kastner scored him with a RBI-single. Pierce was hit by a pitch and the duo stole second and third. McGovern walked to load the bases, but Roberts flew out for the second out.

Hernandez drew a bases-loaded walk and Cloud followed with an RBI-single to make it 5-0. Stephens then roped a bases-clearing, three-run double for the eight-run lead.

The Ephs added three in the top of the third to maie it 11-1, then hung on for dear life. Concordia scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it an 11-10 game, but a key two-run double by Kastner in the top of the sixth gave the Ephs just enough breathing room.

The Ephs won despite  allowing 13 hits and walking 11 Concordia batters. First year Marcus Colella got the start and the win despite going only three innings and allowing six hits and five runs, all earned, whil walking five and striking out five. Eddie Kelley earned the save, allowing five hits and two walks, but just one run, over the final 2 1/3 innings.

It was Concordia hurler Austin Baglow who finally slowed down the Ephs' line-up, throwing a complete-game (7 innings) four-hitter while walking one and striking out just one. All three of the runs he allowed were unearned. 

Freshman Nathan Milchalski got the loss, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing six hits and four runs, all earned, while walking four and striking out one. However, Charlie Baxter, Arnie Capute and Jacob Slater did combined to throw 3 1/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.

Cloud was 1 for 3 with an RBI in the loss.