CLINTON, NY – After losing a close game on Saturday, the Williams College Ephs (10-16, 4-8) split a twinbill with the Hamilton College Continentals (13-10, 4-5). Hamilton took the first game 3-1, but Williams fought back to win the nightcap 10-9 in an offensive showdown.
In Game 1, Eph Luke Rodino was tapped to face off against Continental pitcher Cole Dreyfus. Both men would pitch complete games, saddling Rodino (2-4) with the loss and giving the W to Dreyfus (5-1). Dreyfus allowed just 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5 batters, and Rodino gave up 10 hits and struck out 2 in the contest.
Hamilton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Joe Jensen stole 2nd and 3rd base before coming home on a single by Kenny Collins. Later in the inning Andrew Haser slammed a home run way over the left field fence to extend the Continental lead to 2.
Nate Michalski, however, responded in the next inning with a leadoff solo shot, cutting the lead to one. The score remained fixed here until the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Reinhold knocked an RBI single to right that scored Chris Collins from second.
Dreyfus handled the Eph batters in the 7th and final inning to wrap up the first half of the doubleheader.
The second game, despite starting in a very similar fashion, turned into an offensive arms race rather than a pitcher's duel, in large part due to Williams SS Jack Roberts. Roberts belted two home runs to right field in his first two at-bats, including a grand slam in the 4th to catapult the Ephs from a 3-2 lead to a 7-2 advantage.
Adam Dulsky added another run off a Phil McGovern single to increase the Williams lead to six. Hamilton made good headway against the lead in their half, adding three runs, but the Ephs scored again with a Lev Schecter RBI, putting the score at 9-5 in the bottom of the 5th.
Hamilton put together a serious rally in the 6th against Eph reliever Arnie Capute. After loading the bases, Capute walked Andrew Haser to give the Continentals a run. Chris Collins then blooped a 2-1 pitch over the shortstop's head to score two more, and Haser scored on Drew Rose's single to center, knotting the game at 9.
Reliever Eddie Kelly was able to close the 6th without further damage, and then squeaked out of the 7th with runners in scoring position. Hamilton reliever Daniel Depaoli did his part in innings 5-7, holding the Ephs to just 3 hits while striking out 5 batters.
Neither team scored in the 8th, but Nate Michalski was able to get the better of Hamilton closer Finlay O'Hara in the 9th, knocking a leadoff double to right-center. Then, a deep fly ball to the left field wall by Adam Regensburg drove him home to give Williams a 10-9 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. The Eph closer Jacob Slater sealed the deal, ending the game on a strikeout.
Slater (3-1) earned the win, while O'Hara (1-2) was charged with the loss. Jack Roberts was the offensive MVP far and away, with two home runs and 5 RBI's to his name, though Phil McGovern also hit well, going 3-5 with 2 RBI's. Joe Jensen and Chris Collins led the Continentals with 2 RBI's apiece.
Williams returns to the Purple Valley for three straight home games next week, starting with RPI on Tuesday.Hamilton returns to the diamond to face Utica on the 28th.