TROY, NY – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers defeated the Williams College Ephs 4-1 in a non-conference game. With the win, the Engineers move to 16-10, while the Ephs fall to 7-11.
The Ephs struck first, starting off the game with a run. Matt Kastner led off the game with a single to right field and then advanced to second on a ground-out by Luke Pierce. Kastner then stole third and was knocked in by Marco Hernandez to put the Ephs up 1-0. This would be the end of the Ephs offensive production for the game.
Despite advancing a runner to third, RPI was unable to score in the bottom of the second, but made good in the fourth. Steven Wells drew a walk to start the inning and then stole second. Madison Kreitner came in to pinch run for Wells and advanced to third base on a single by Matt Lawrence. A single to centerfield by Jared Jensen tied the game up 1-1, and, after an error by Eph RF Thomas Stephens loaded the bases, P Luke Rodino walked Shane Matthews to knock Lawrence home and put the Engineers up 2-1. However, Rodino was able to force a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
The Engineers extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth to 3-1 when Matt Lawrence knocked in Tim LeSuer on a 2-out single to centerfield. Eph P Eddie Kelly, who subbed in for Rodino on the mound, forced a pop fly by Andrew Kalish to end the inning.
RPI was able to put runners on third in the 6th and 7th innings but Kelly and Eph Steve Marino, who came in to pitch in the 7th, were able to keep the Engineers scoreless.
Neither team was able to do much in the final two innings, and the game ended with the score 3-1 in favor of RPI.
Engineer P Sean Conroy (4-1) registered the win with an impressive, holding the Ephs to 4 hits and giving up just two walks in his 8 innings pitched. In addition, Greg Echeverria notched his third save of the season. Eph P Luke Rodino (0-2) was saddled with the loss.
Tim LeSuer and Nick Annunziata both went 3-4 on the day for the Engineers, and Jared Jensen, Matt Lawrence, and Shane Matthews all had RBIs. Matt Kastner scored the Ephs' only run as well as batting 2-4, and Marco Hernandez registered the Ephs' only RBI.
After the game, Ephs head coach Bill Barrale highlighted his team's lack of offensive production, saying: "4 hits: that was the game. We just didn't hit. They're a good team, that was their best pitcher, and we just came up short. [Matt] Kastner had a good day, but we just came up short."
Williams will play Bowdoin in a double-header on Saturday (12:00 and 2:30), while RPI's next game will be a rematch with the Ephs on April 22.