WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Suffolk defeated Williams, 8-2, in non-conference baseball action on a rainy afternoon at Williams' Bobby Coombs Field. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain after two innings were played. With the win, the Rams improve to 21-13-1 on the season, while the Ephs finished the year at 13-16.
Williams sent senior lefty Steve Marino to the hill, while Suffolk countered with senior lefty Jonathan Richard.
Richard worked around a pair of first-inning errors, but the Ephs tagged him for a run in the second. The Eph offense got men on first and second to start the inning, and freshman first baseman Nathan Michalski sacrificed the runners to second and third. Kelso Stevens brought in a run with an RBI groundout to give the Ephs a 1-0 lead.
Suffolk promptly responded with two in the third to take a 2-1 lead. In the inning, which was interrupted by a long delay to work on field conditions, the Rams got runs on Justin Knight's RBI single and Jake Cintolo's sacrifice fly. The Rams had the bases loaded and could have gotten more, but left fielder Luke Pierce made an incredible backhanded diving catch to end the inning.
Williams knotted the game up with a run in the fourth. Senior designated hitter Marco Hernandez knocked a hard one-hop single through the left side to start off the frame. With two outs, Michalski crushed a single to left. He was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, but Hernandez had come around to score easily to tie the game at 2.
Richard settled down to pitch well for the remainder of the game, and the Rams got single runs in the fifth and sixth to take a 4-2 lead. They iced the game in the seventh, when Jon Lapolla crushed a grand slam to center.
Richard (6-3) got the win. He threw a seven-inning complete game, surrendered two runs on five hits, and struck out one. Marino (3-3) took the loss after giving up eight runs (two earned) in 6.2 innings of work. Offensively, Suffolk was led by Lapolla's grand slam, and the Rams got multi-hit games from Knight, JC Collette, and Rob Marks. For Williams, Hernandez had two hits and scored a run. Michalski and Stevens tallied the team's RBI.
The two teams started to play the second game of the scheduled doubleheader, but it was called after two innings with Williams leading 2-0.
Commenting on the game, Williams head coach Bill Barrale said, "Today, we had some tough conditions out there against a good team, and it was close. Unfortunately [in the seventh], we don't turn a double play, and the next pitch was a grand slam. … We were able to get a lot of young guys out there playing hard, so I'm excited about the future. I thought our senior leadership was good this year."