Ephs swept by Arizona Christian on final day of spring trip

Phil McGovern '15
Phil McGovern '15

PHOENIX, AZ. -- They came in riding high off a three-game sweep of conference rival Middlebury and averaging over 10 runs a game, but Monday was a quiet day for the Williams College baseball team as they dropped a doubleheader at Arizona Christian, losing the first game 6-4 and the second game 4-2.

With the double-dip, the Ephs head home with a 6-5 record. They are scheduled to host Amherst Friday at 4 p.m. Arizona Christian improved to 13-22 with the sweep.

ACU's Travis Rowe tossed a complete-game five-hitter in the opener, but the Ephs actually took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Kelso Stevens squeezed home Tommy Stephens and Matt Kastner singled home Nate Michalski.

Arizona Christian tied the game with single runs in the third and fourth, then went ahead with a two-run fifth against Eph starter Arnie Capute. Cody Rose's two-run double down the left-field line snapped the tie for good.

It was 6-2 when the Ephs put together a seventh-inning rally. (Both games were scheduled to go just seven innings). With one out, Stevens doubled and stole third. Beau Horan than worked a walk, but Luke Pierce flied out for the second out. Phil McGovern came through with a double to left that scored both runners, but Jack Roberts flied out to left to end it.

Capute (0-1) took the loss, aloowing five hits and five walks over four-plus innings of work. He was charged with four runs, all earned and did not strike out a batter.

Pierce was 2 for 3 for the Ephs, Stevens 1 for 1 and Kastner 1 for 2.

In the nightcap, Williams fell behind 2-0 but tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth when David Webster laced a two-run single to center to score Pierce and Marco Hernandez.  ACU rallied with two runs in its half of the fourth to regain the lead at 4-2 and that's where it stayed.

First years Marcus Colella made the start for Williams and took the loss, going the first five innings and allowing six hits and four runs, two earned, while walking three and striking out one.