Ephs open New England slate by dropping two to rival Wesleyan

Phil McGovern '15
Phil McGovern '15

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan University hurlers Nick Cooney and Gavin Pittore turned Saturday into a long day for the Williams College baseball team, as the Ephs opened up the New England portion of their 2015 schedule by dropping a doubleheader to the Cardinals, 14-2 and 4-1.

Williams fell to 6-7 overall, 3-2 in the NESCAC West Division. The Cardinals improved to 11-4 overall, 2-0 in the West. The two teams will attempt to complete their three-games series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Williams sophomore Luke Rodino tossed a complete-game in the nightcap Saturday, but Pittore quieted the Ephs' bats, allowing only three hits over seven innings while walking two and striking out nine. Rodino went six frames, giving up just five hits, but walked five while striking out two. Of the four runs he was charged with, only one was earned.

Wesleyan took a 2-0 in the bottom of the first when Guy Davidson lined an RBI-single to right and later stole home for the second run. The Cardinals added a run in the second when Nick Miceli doubled and came around to score on a groundout.

It was 4-0 when the Ephs scored a run without the benefit of a basehit in the top of the fifth. Beau Horan reached second on a throwing error and came around to score on Lev Schechter's comeback to Pittore.

In the seventh, two outs singles by Kirby Neuner and Schechter brought the tying run to the plate, but Pittore struck out Adam Regensburg to end the game.

Phil McGovern, Neuner and Schechter were each 1 for 3 for the Ephs.

Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first of the first game, a game re-started from Friday and originally scheduled to be played in Williamstown. Donnie Cimino tripled home a run and Davidson's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

The Ephs got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Adam Dulsky doubled and scored on Jack Roberts' groundout.

It stayed 2-1 until the fifth when the Cardinals added two more off of Eph starter Thomas Murphy. Wesleyan then added five in the seventh and four more in the eighth to pull away. Williams final run came in the eighth when Roberts singled with two outs and scored on McGovern's double.

Williams finished with nine hits, led by Dulsky, who was 3 for 4, and McGovern, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Luke Pierce was also 2 for 4 in the loss.

Murphy was saddled with the defeat, giving up seven runs, all earned, on nine hits over six innings.