BOSTON, MA – The Williams College Ephs (13-18) split the first of two road doubleheaders this weekend, winning 1-0 and then losing by the same score to the Suffolk University Rams (18-20).
As the final scores indicate, both games were thoroughly defensive. The first game saw Eph Luke Rodino match up with Josh Desai for Suffolk, while Daniel Smith and Frank Tierney faced off in the second tilt.
Rodino and Desai both pitched complete games, even though the game went into extra innings when neither team scored in regulation. Desai, who was charged with the loss to make him 5-4 on the season, allowed just 4 hits and one walk while striking out 9 batters.
However, Desai also hit three batters and allowed Jack Roberts to bat home Lev Schecter in the 8th to score the go-ahead run. Rodino also only allowed 4 hits on the way to his win, raising his record to 3-4.
The second game saw its lone run scored by Suffolk in the 2nd inning. Rob Marks hit a lead-off single and then stole second. After a walk and fielding error loaded the bases, Marks came home to score on a B.J. Neil ground-out.
Despite being charged with the loss, Daniel Smith (0-2) pitched a complete game and only allowed two hits in the contest, keeping the Rams hitless in the final four innings. Despite Smith's performance, the Eph batters couldn't break through Frank Tierney's pitching. Tierney (5-0) too allowed only 2 hits and 1 walk in his six innings in the win.
The Rams' closer Cal Carrol came in to pitch in the top of the 7th, but gave up a double to Adam Regensburg. With two outs, Jack Cloud singled, and pinch-runner Luke Rodino rounded third to knot the game up. However, the third base coach touched him trying to hold him at third, prompting an interference call from the umpire that ended the game with the Ephs down by one. Carrol recorded his 4th save, and Suffolk avoided the sweep.
At the plate for Williams, Luke Pierce contributed hits in both games, and Lev Schecter went 2-2 in the first game, in addition to scoring the winning run. For the Rams, Brady Chant got a hit against both Eph pitchers.
Williams closes out their season on the road tomorrow at Springfield, while Suffolk will face Newbury.