RENSSELAER, NY – After 9 straight losses, including sweeps by Little Three rivals Amherst and Wesleyan, the Williams College Ephs (7-12) pulled out a come-from-behind victory against the RPI Engineers (14-9).
Jacob Slater notched the win for the Ephs (2-0), while Adam Aponte was saddled with the loss. Jack Roberts and Phil McGovern both had excellent days at the plate, going 4-5 and combining for 4 runs scored and 2 RBI's.
The Engineers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first two innings, largely on the strength of extra-base hits by Jared Jensen and Jeff Sitarski, as well as three walks in the innings.
However, the Ephs' go-to reliever, Tyler Duff, was able to quiet RPI's offense in the next few innings, allowing Williams to start creeping back. Beau Horan scored off a Phil McGovern single in the 3rd inning, and Luke Pierce brought in two more runs with a home run in the sixth, his second of the year.
In the seventh, Adam Regensburg and Phil McGovern both singled to start the inning, setting up Jack Roberts for an RBI double. A sac fly by Jack Cloud scored Roberts and brought the Ephs within one run.
RPI breathed a sigh of relief in the 8th inning, however, when Jared Jensen scored off a Nick Palmiero double for an insurance run.
But Williams would not go quietly. Leadoff singles from Adam Regensburg and Phil McGovern plus a perfectly executed bunt by Jack Roberts loaded the bases with no outs and freshman catcher Adam Dulsky at the plate.
Dulsky singled to right center for an RBI, and the tying run scored on an infield double play. With two outs and the score tied, Jackson Parese came up clutch with a left field singe to score Jack Roberts from third.
Jacob Slater held the Engineers scoreless in the bottom of the 9th, securing Williams' first victory since March 28.
The Ephs will look to continue their success on the diamond at Gordon on Thursday, while RPI moves on to face Stevens Institute of Technology.