WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Behind a complete game from Aaron Kalish, RPI avenged an early season loss to Williams with a 13-4 win at the Ephs' Bobby Coombs Field. The Engineers jumped out to a five-run lead in the first and held at least a three-run lead for the remainder of the game.
The Engineers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. A two-RBI double from Nick Palmeiro started the scoring, and Sam Lawrence's sacrifice fly made it 3-0. RPI also got RBI singles from Christian Spagnuola and Mike Croke before the inning ended.
The Ephs responded with a pair in the bottom half. After Jack Cloud singled and stole second, Phil McGovern grounded a double down the left-field line to bring him home. Three batters later, Luke Pierce's two-out single brought home McGovern.
RPI extended its lead to 7-2 in the top of the second, but the Ephs responded with another two runs in the bottom of the second. With two down and men on second and third, McGovern came through again, doubling to left to bring home Jackson Parese and Kirby Neuner. The senior's three-RBI day brought his season total to 20.
With the score at 7-4 after two, the game settled down, with Kalish coming into form and Eph reliever Tyler Duff trading scoreless frames. With a run in the fifth and five in the sixth, however, the Engineers put the game out of reach. Kalish completed the game, while Marcus Colella (2.2) and Dylan Griswold (0.2) held RPI scoreless for the final three innings.
Kalish (2-1) went the distance to get the win for RPI. He gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out two. Eph starter Marcus Colella (0-1) took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits in a single inning of work.
Spagnuola and Jared Jensen paced RPI's 11-hit attack with three hits apiece. Leadoff man Tyler Listing got on base three times, and Jeff Sitarski drove in three. McGovern and Pierce combined for five of Williams's seven hits.
RPI returns to action on Saturday at 1:00, when they host RIT for the opener of a crucial Liberty League series. Williams plays tomorrow, returning to their home field for a 4:00 tilt with Union.