TUCSON, AZ. — Down to its last out with no one on base, the Williams College baseball team did not quit, instead rallying to defeat NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury Friday, 13-12, when senior Luke Pierce stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Williams improved to 4-3 overall, 1-0 in the West. The two teams will meet again Saturday in a twinbill beginning at 11 a.m. MST. The Panthers slipped to 0-7, 0-1 with the loss.
Williams trailed 11-10 entering the bottom of the ninth. An unsual double play left the Ephs with no one on and two outs. Adam Regensburg drew a walk and Jack Roberts singled. Phil McGovern then got plunked by an offering to load the bases and bring up Pierce, who 0-for-4 up until that point. But the left-handed swinger came through with a base hit, scoring Regensburg and then Roberts with the winning run.
Regensburg was 2 for 5 with a home run in the victory. Nate Michalski was 3 for 5 with three doubles for the Ephs and Jackson Parese was 2 for 3.
Thomas Murphy got the start for the Ephs and went five-plus innings. Tyler Duff threw three innings of relief and Jake Slater got the win, tossing a scoreless top of the ninth to set up Pierce's heroics.