SCHENECTADY, NY – The Williams College Ephs lost a tight game to the Union College Dutchmen by a score of 7-6 this afternoon. The win lifts the Dutchmen to a 19-8-1 record, while the Ephs fall to 10-15 with the loss.
Union started Kent Curran at pitcher, while Williams had freshman Luke Rodino on the mound to start the game.
The Ephs opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, when Luke Pierce came home to score on a sac fly by Jack Roberts. The Dutch answered in the bottom of the second, however, when Vincent Esposito scored from third on a wild pitch. Then Eric Egan came home on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by C.J. Worley, giving Union a 2-1 lead heading into the third inning.
Union scored again in the next inning: Jake Fishman hammered a double down the leftfield line to lead off the inning and eventually came home on a wild pitch. However, Williams would cut the Dutchmen lead to one with an RBI double by Daniel Webster to score Nate Michalski.
After Union plated two more in sixth thanks to a sac grounder by Jake Fishman to bring in Joe Bradlee and then another wild pitch that brought home C.J. Worley, Williams tied it up in the top of the seventh. Jack Cloud notched a two-RBI single thanks to a wild throw, and then Cloud himself scored off a Luke Pierce single to right, evening the score at 5.
The Dutchmen were not discouraged, however, and bounced right back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Eric Egan singled to bring in Kent Curran, and then Jake Fishman scored on yet another wild pitch by the Ephs, their fourth wild pitch run of the game.
Down by two in the top of the 9th, the Ephs looked to rally, plating a run when Dutchmen reliever Andrew Beaule walked Phil McGovern with the bases loaded, but the Ephs couldn't capitalize with the bases loaded, and Marco Hernandez hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Eric Egan led the Dutchmen on offense, going 3-4 with an RBI and run scored, while Ephs Beau Horan batted .500 on the day for the Ephs with one run scored. Additionally, Jack Cloud registered 2 RBI's for Williams.
Williams will travel to Bennington, VT to play Southern Vermont on Wednesday, and Union will also be in action tomorrow, facing SUNYIT in Ithaca.