TUCSON, AZ. — The Williams College baseball team fell into a five-run hole in the first inning Monday and could not climb back out, falling to Oberlin College, 11-3.
The Ephs fell to 1-2 on the season. They will play Lewis & Clark Tuesday in a doubleheader with the opening game beginning at 11 a.m. MST.
The Yeomen touched Williams starter Danny Smith for five runs in the first inning on six hits. After retiring the first batter he faced, Smith gave up five straight hits. But the big hit belonged to Ryan Bliss, who had a two-run double from the No. 8 spot in the order.
After that, Smith was able to stem the tide, throwing four consecutive shutout inning to keep the Ephs in the game. His final line was five innings pitched, 10 hits allowed, two walks and two strikeouts.
Williams did manage to crawl back into the game with two runs in the second and one in the third to make it 5-3. In the second, Adam Regensburg singled. Nathan Michalski singled and both runners moved up — Regensburg scoring — on a wild pitch. Jackson Parese then singled up the middle to score Michalski and make it a 5-2 game.
However, that would be as close as the Ephs would get as the bullpen could not hold down Oberlin, which improved to 6-6 on the season. Tyler Duff did come on to toss a scoreless eventh, and Alex Beschloss threw to shutout innings to close out the game, but it was too late.
Michalski led the Ephs' 10-hit attack with a 3 for 4 day at the plate that included a double. Parese was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks and Dulsky went 2 for 4 with his triple.