SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Williams College Ephs and the Springfield College Pride closed out their regular seasons by splitting a non-conference doubleheader. Williams's final regular season record stands at 14-19, while Springfield closes at 10-26.
The Ephs dropped a heartbreaker in the first game by a score of 7-6. The game was knotted at six going into the bottom of the 7th. With two gone and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Anthony Faggiana reached first safely and CJ Monroe scored the winning run from third after an error by Jackson Parese at second base.
Williams had built a 6-1 lead on the strength of a four-run 2nd inning and then runs in the 3rd and 5th. JP Peters stroked a solo homerun in the 3rd to put Springfield on the board, but in the 5th inning, Springfield roared back from a 6-1 deficit to even the score.
After Keith Cotnoir knocked a leadoff triple and JP Peters drew a walk, back-to-back singles plated both of them. Then, CJ Monroe smacked an RBI double to right field, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd and setting up Shane O'Leary to even the score with a 2-RBI single to left.
Despite facing just three batters, Jacob Slater (3-2) gave up the clinching run and was thus charged with the loss, while reliever Jon Medici (2-0) got credit for the win after a three-up three-down 7th inning.
At the plate, Nate Michalski went 3-3 for Williams with a run scored and an RBI, while Shane O'Leary was a perfect 4-4 with 2 RBI's.
Game 2 started in similar fashion with Williams jumping out to an early lead, but this time the Pride were unable to mount a comeback, losing to the Ephs 9-1.
Luke Pierce's bat and Tyler Duff's arm were decisive for Williams. Already up 3-0 in the 2nd inning, Pierce smashed a three-run homer to right field, doubling the Ephs' score with one swing. He wasn't done, however, as he added to the Eph lead with a second home run, this time a solo shot to lead off the 4th inning, his 5th of the season.
Springfield responded with a run in the 4th, but Williams came back with a run of their own in the 5th to fix the score at 9-1, where it would stay for the remainder of the game.
Duff, the Ephs' go-to reliever who has seen action in 13 games this season, was tapped for his first career start and did not disappoint. Duff gave up only 5 hits and one walk in a complete game, and the only run scored against him was due to an error and thus unearned.
The win was Duff's first of the year, raising his record to 1-4. Pride starter Mike DeMille (0-6) had a forgettable outing and was charged with the loss.
At the plate for Springfield, Shane O'Leary added to his 4-4 performance in the first game by contributing two of Springfield's five hits. On the Ephs' side, in addition to Pierce's monster day at the plate, Kirby Neuner went 2-3 with 2 runs and an RBI.