Williams Loses Squeaker to Skidmore, 4-3

Phil McGovern '15
Phil McGovern '15

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Williams College Ephs (8-14) lost a squeaker to the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds (8-18) by a score of 4-3 in a non-conference contest.

Nick Petrella (2-4) started on the mound for the Thoroughbreds and also recorded the win, while starter for the Ephs Dan Smith (1-2) was saddled with the loss.

The Thoroughbreds struck first with a 2-out RBI single by Mat Marino that drove in Alex Pavelock from second. The next batter struck out swinging, ending the inning with two runners on base.

Skidmore scored again in the bottom of the fourth. Josh Brown smacked a double to centerfield and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Mike LaVita then lined one to left center for an RBI single, giving the Thoroughbreds a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Eph Nathan Michalski relieved Dan Smith and almost immediately ran into trouble. Nick Barra led off with a single to right field and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, Marco Baratta doubled to rightfield to knock in the baserunner for a 3-0 Thoroughbred lead, though Baratta himself was thrown out at third.

The Ephs, however, responded with two runs in the top of the sixth. Luke Pierce was hit by the first pitch of his at-bat, and then after two wild pitches by Jeb Clarke, the new Thoroughbred pitcher, allowed him to reach third base, he was batted in by Phil McGovern on a full count-single to right. McGovern himself then moved to second on yet another wild pitch, allowing Jack Cloud to bring him home with a liner to right field, narrowing the margin to one run, 3-2.

The Thoroughbreds extended their lead in the seventh with an RBI single by Josh Brown to bring home Alex Pavelock from third, making the score 4-2. The Ephs, however, responded in the top of the eighth. A double to left by Marco Hernandez put runners on second and third with no outs, and a grounder by Jack Cloud brought Thomas Stephens home from third. But the Ephs couldn't capitalize with the tying runner on third and one out, and the inning ended with the score still 4-3.

Eph reliever Charlie Baxter shut down Skidmore's offense in the bottom of the eighth, but it was for naught, as Daniel Dasgupta closed out the game for the Thoroughbreds by retiring the side in order, notching his third save of the season.

Jack Cloud led the Ephs with a 2-4 performance at the plate including 2 RBI's, while Josh Brown led Skidmore's offensive effort, going 2-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored.

Williams will host Hamilton on Saturday, April 26, while Skidmore will next be in action versus the University of Rochester on Saturday as well.