MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Despite outhitting its opponent Sunday, the Williams College baseball team found itself on the short end of the score, dropping the third game of a three games series with Little 3 rival Wesleyan by the slimmest of margins, 7-6.
Wesleyan imrproved to 12-4 overall, 3-0 in the NESCAC West, while the Ephs slipped to 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the West. It was the fifth consecutive loss for Williams, which is scheduled to play Westfield State at home Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Sunday's affair was a back-n-forth rollercoaster ride. Williams rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. Wesleyan scored twice in its half of the seventh and once more in the eighth to take a 7-5 lead.
With two outs and nobody on in the ninth, Eph senior Luke Pierce lined his second double of the game to give Williams hope. Nathan Michalski then drew a walk off Wesleyan reliever Sam Goodwin-Boyd and Lev Schechter pinch-ran for him.
First-year Adam Dulksy stepped to the plate and lined a single to right. Pierce raced around to score but the throw from Cardinal right fielder Ben Hoynes beat Schechter to third base and the Eph runner was tagged out to end the contest.
Williams built a 2-0 lead after its first two at-bats. In the first, Jack Cloud singled and stole second, scoring on a double by Pierce. In the second, Cloud singled home Kirby Neuner, who had singled earlier in the frame.
Wesleyan tied it with two in the second and built a 4-2 lead with two more in the fifth when Jonathan Dennett roped a double off Eph starter Danny Smith and later came around to score on a wild pitch.
Williams rallied in the seventh. Cloud started it off with his third hit of the day, a single. Adam Regensburg beat out a bunt to third for a single and Jack Roberts followed with an RBI-single through the right side and then stole second. Phil McGovern tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left, and Michalski gave the Ephs the lead with a single to right.
Wesleyan rallied again in its half of the seventh when Nick Miceli roped a two-run double off Eph reliever Tyler Duff, who was saddled with the loss. He allowed two runs on two hits over 1 2/3 innings. Smith went 4 2/3 for the Ephs, allowing four runs, only two earned, while giving up four hits and walking five while striking out three.
Williams outhit Wesleyan, 12-7. Cloud was 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Pierce was 2 for 5 with an RBI and run scored and Dulsky was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Dennett was 3 for 3 for the Cardinals.