ROME, NY – In a tight contest that wasn't settled until the bottom of the 8th, the Hamliton College Continentals (12-9, 3-4) defeated the Williams College Ephs (9-15, 3-7) by a score of 3-2.
The first two innings were scoreless despite seeing 5 runners left on base and 6 hits. Williams opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd. Hamilton pitcher Jonathan Lane walked Adam Regensburg with the bases loaded to score Jack Cloud, and then Adam Dulsky knocked an RBI single to left to bring home Jack Roberts.
Hamilton looked poised to respond in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with no outs. However, Thomas Murphy struck out Ryan Wolfsberg and relied on defensive plays by Nate Michalski and Jack Cloud to get out of the tight situation.
Hamilton evened the score in the 5th inning. Dean Rosenberg drove in Ryan Wolfsberg from second with a single, only to score in the next at bat off a double by Chris Collin. Brett Mele grounded out to shortstop to end the inning with the score tied at 2.
Both teams were able to put runners in scoring position in the later innings but, it wasn't until the bottom of the 8th that Hamilton scored the go-ahead run. Chris Collin singled to left-center and advanced to third after Adam Dulsky's attempt to throw him out at second went wild. Tyler Reinhold grounded out to the pitcher, but it was enough to bring Collin to the plate.
The rest of the inning went smoothly for Williams, but the Ephs couldn't break the Continentals' closer, Finlay O'Hara, who retired the top of the 9th in order to earn himself a save, his 2nd of the year.
Jonathan Lane (1-2) got the win, while Thomas Murphy (1-4) was charged with the loss. Lane struck out 6 and allowed 8 hits in 8 innings of work on his way to the win, while Murphy gave up 9 hits and recorded 3 strikeouts in 5 innings. Tyler Duff also made on appearance on the mound, relieving Murphy in the 6th.
Chris Collin had a monster day for Hamilton, batting 4-4 including three doubles, one for an RBI, as well as scoring the winning run. Ryan Wolfsberg also contributed three hits and a run. For Williams, Jack Roberts and Adam Dulsky both went 2-3 on the day, and Dulsky recorded an RBI.
The series continues on Sunday at Hamilton at 12 noon.