TUCSON, AZ. -- Despite the fact the Williams College baseball team was playing just its eighth and ninth games of the year on Saturday, you could not blame the Ephs if some may have felt their season hung in the balance.
They played liked it did, defeating the Panthers 4-2 and 20-2 to complete a three-game sweep of their NESCAC rival and improve to 6-3 on the season, 3-0 in the NESCAC's West Division.
In the nightcap victory, Matt Kastner set a school record for hits in a game when he went 7 for 7 from the lead-off spot as the Ephs banged out 25 hits in total. Kastner had three RBI and scored four runs in the win. Phil McGovern was 3 for 6 at the dish with two doubles and knocked in two runs, while scoring one. Jack Roberts was 3 for 7 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Ephs took a 1 -0 lead in the first when Kastner singled and came home on an RBI-single from Roberts.
Williams added two more in the third second on a Jack Cloud triple and a an RBI-triple off the bat of Kastner.
The Ephs added six in the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Phil McGovern and Roberts started the inning off with hits. Cloud and Marco Hernandez hit back-to-back RBI singles. Tommy Stephens drove home a run with a sacrifice fly and Nathan Milchalksi chased home a run with another single. Luke Pierce capped the uprising with a two-run double.
It was more than enough offense for senior southpaw Steve Marino, who went the first five innings and allowed five hits and one run, wich was unearned. He walked three and struck out two.
Eddie Kelley came on and tossed two shutout innings of relief, and Jacob Slater closed the game with a scoreless ninth.
In the opener, it was the Thomas Murphy show for the Ephs as the junior right-hander three a complete-game six-hitter, walking one and striking out two. Both runs charged to Murphy were unearned.
The Ephs scored twice in the first but Middlebury answered back on a two-run single by Joe Macdonald that made 2-2. In the second, the Ephs took a 3-2 when Tommy Stephens led off with a triple and scored on a Kelso Stevens' RBI-single.
The Ephs added an insurance run in the fifth with one out, Kastner reached second on an error and Pierce lined aingle to make it 4-2.
Williams had eight hits in the win, with Pierce as the only multiple-hitter, going who was 2 for 3 with an RBI.