Ephs Lose Close Contest with Gordon 6-4

Phil McGovern '15
Phil McGovern '15

WENHAM, MA – The Gordon College Fighting Scots (9-12) won their second game against a NESCAC opponent in as many days, defeating the Williams College Ephs (7-13) by a score of 6-4.

Gordon starting pitcher Colin Strapp (1-1) was credited with the win, while Thomas Murphy (1-3) was charged with the loss for Williams. Connor Birch earned a 6-out save, his second of the year.

Gordon jumped out to a commanding early lead with 6-run first inning that included 4 hits, 2 walks, an error, passed ball, and wild pitch. Gordon, however, would not score again in the game.

After this rocky start for Eph pitcher Thomas Murphy settled down a bit, retiring the second inning in order. This allowed Williams to get on the board with an RBI single by Phil McGovern, though the Eph offense was unable to convert beyond that.

The third and fourth innings were tense affairs; Gordon put runners in scoring position in both innings. However, Murphy was able to get out of those jams with the help of defensive snags by Beau Horan and Nate Michalski.

Williams was finally able to break Colin Strapp's hold on the game in the 6th; Williams brought home two in the 6th inning after an Adam Dulsky double. Prior to this, Strapp had allowed just two hits and one walk in 5 innings of work.

 The Ephs added another in the next inning to put the score at 6-4 at the 7th inning stretch. Mark Birch came in for Strapp in the 8th inning, however, and shut down the incipient comeback. Birch retired the side in order in the 8th and held the Ephs scoreless in the top of the 9th to clinch the victory for the Scots.

The Eph pitchers, despite giving up 6 runs in the first inning, controlled the Scots well for the rest of the game: Arnie Capute, who replaced Murphy on the mound in the 5th inning, held the Scots to just two baserunners in his four innings of work.

Notable hitting performances include Gordon SS Alex Smith, who went 3-3 on the day including a triple, RBI, and walk and Eph 3B Beau Horan, who recorded 2 hits and a run scored.

Williams returns to the diamond on Sunday April 19 for a doubleheader against Bates, while Gordon next faces Nichols on Friday.