Ephs open with split, edge Carleton 5-4

Ephs open with split, edge Carleton 5-4

TUCSON, AZ. — The Williams College baseball team bounced back from an season-opening defeat to edge Carleton College in the second game Sunday, 5-4. 

Williams (1-1) will play Oberlin at 9 a.m. MST Monday. 

Junior Beau Horan led the Ephs in the nightcap victory, going 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Jack Roberts was 2 for 5 with a run scored, Nathan Michalski was 2 for 4 and Adam Dulsky was 1 for 2 with two key walks.

The Ephs scored their first run in the second when Dulsky worked a two-out walk from Carleton starter Luke Curtis. Michalski followed with a single and Horan singled home Dulsky. In the fourth, Dulsky walked and scored on another Horan single. 

With the score knotted at two in the bottom of the fifth, the Ephs took the lead for good when Roberts singled and took second on an error and Dulsky singled him home. David Rosas added a key two-run single in the eighth and Williams held on. 

Senior Thomas Murphy earned the win, going the first seven innings and allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out five. Tyler Duff came on for the second two innings to earn the save, inducing Nolan Baker to groundout with a runner on first to end the game. 

In Sunday's first game, the Ephs dropped a 15-3 decision to Valley City State, an NAUA squad from North Dakata which improved to 15-13 with the win. 

Cloud and Roberts starred for the Ephs in the loss as Cloud went 2 for 3 with all three Ephs runs and Roberts 2 for 4 with all three Eph RBI. The Ephs scored a run in the first when Cloud led off the frame with a double and eventually scored on a groundout by Roberts. They took a brief 2-1 lead in the third when Cloud walked and scored on Roberts' triple. 

The Vikings rallied for three runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 7-2 lead, then put the game away with a six-run seventh inning.