BRUNSWICK, ME – The Williams College Ephs (8-12) split a doubleheader with the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (14-11-1), with Bowdoin taking the first game 4-2, and Williams rallying to take the second 7-6 in 10 innings.
The first game opened with a score for Williams. A pair of singles by Matt Kastner and Luke Pierce set up Thomas Stephens to knock in Kastner with a single past the shortstop, giving the Ephs an early lead.
Bowdoin, however, was able to answer when their turn came up in the bottom of the inning. Peter Cimini singled through the left side to knock Aaron Rosen in from third, tying the game at 1. The next batter, Chad Martin, smacked a double to left, and then Sam Canales plated both runners to put the Polar Bears up 3-1.
In the 6th, Luke Pierce was able to beat out a grounder to shortstop to notch to break Jacobsen's streak. Pierce's hustle was vindicated when Phil McGovern hammered a pitch over the left fielder's head for a double that would bring Pierce home and put the Ephs within one, 3-2. Williams couldn't pull the trigger with the tying run in scoring position, however, and the side expired.
Bowdoin was able to notch an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th with an RBI triple by Aaron Rosen that brought in Sean Mullaney from second. The Ephs couldn't do anything against Jon Fraser, the relief pitcher for Bowdoin, and the game ended with the score 4-2.
Aaron Rosen had a remarkable game at the plate for the Polar Bears, going 4-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Luke Pierce led the Ephs with a 2-3 performance with a run scored.
Bowdoin pitcher Erik Jacobsen (4-2) got the win, allowing five hits and recording 4 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched. In addition, Jacobsen retired an impressive 13 straight Ephs batters from the 2nd into the 6th inning. Williams starter Tom Murphy pitched 5 and a third innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
The second game was a much consistent affair in terms of scoring; only three of the ten innings did not see a run scored. The Ephs struck first again in this game, when Jack Roberts knocked in Marco Hernandez, and then Beau Horan lined a ball to left to bring home David Rosas giving the Ephs a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Keeping with the pattern of the first game, though, Bowdoin answered, with two runs of their own
Eph RF Jack Cloud came home on an RBI grounder to short by Horan in the 4th, taking back the lead for Williams, but once again the Polar Bears kept with the Ephs, with a beautiful bunt single down the 3rd base line by Duncan Taylor to bring Lafeber home from third base.
Bowdoin added another run in the fifth, but the Ephs surged back with a two-run 6th inning. David Rosas smacked a pretty double down the right field line to knock in Marco Hernandez, and Jack Roberts batted Jack Cloud in from third. Bowdoin kept it even though, narrowing the game again with an RBI double by Chad Martin in the 7th.
Neither team scored in the 8th, but Beau Horan beat out the throw from rightfield to score on a sac fly by Luke Pierce, giving the Ephs a one run lead in the top of the 9th, 6-5. Bowdoin, not giving up, answered with an RBI grounder by Sam Canales, sending the game to extras.
In the top of the 10th, Thomas Stephens scored the go-ahead run from second base on a single to center by David Rosas, and Eddie Kelly, the Ephs' relief pitcher, set down the Polar Bear batters in order to close the game with a score of 7-6.
David Rosas led the Ephs at the plate, going 3-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored, while John Lafeber went 2-4 for the Polar Bears.
Charlie Baxter (1-0), who pitched in relief for Williams, recorded the win, and Eddie Kelly notched a save, while John Lefeber (0-1) was saddled with the loss. Steve Marino started for the Ephs and Harry Ridge started for the Polar Bears. Nathan Michalski also made a pitching appearance for Williams.
Bowdoin will next be seen in action playing at Thomas on April 21, and Williams's next game is against Rensselaer Polytechnic in Williamstown on the 22nd.