TUCSON, AZ. -- Big innings carried the day Monday when the Williams College baseball team opened its 2016 season with a split of a doubleheader against Hamline University, taking the first game 13-7 before dropping the nightcap 16-6.
The Ephs (1-1) are back at it today with a 3 p.m. (MST) contest against Luther College.
In Monday's opener, the Ephs sandwiched a seven-run second inning around two three-run innings to build a 13-1 lead early, then held on for the 13-7 victory. Senior tri-captain Luke Rodino was in control on the hill for most of the game, tossing six innings while allowing just five hits and two walks. He struck out five to pick up his first victory of the year.
In the Williams first, Adam Regensburg led off with a single and first-year Kellen Hatheway followed with another. With two outs and the runners on second and third, Adam Dulsky hit a grounder to third that was thrown away, allowing both runners to score. Dulsky advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Jack Cloud ripped a two-out, RBI-double.
The Ephs broke it open with a seven-run second inning highlighted by a Hatheway RBI-single, a two-run double from Jack Roberts, a Dulsky RBI-single, an RBI-single from senior Beau Horan, and a two-run double off the bat of Nathan Michalski.
The Ephs had 13 hits in the victory, with five guys each having two. Regensburg was 2 for 3 with three runs scored. Hatheway was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Roberts, Dulsky and Cloud were each 2 for 4.
In the nightcap, the game was tied 5-5 when Hamline (5-4) erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to salt the game away.
Williams took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second as senior David Rosas lined an RBI-single, Hatheway had a two-run single and Roberts singled home the fourth run, but Hamline got to Eph starter Dan Smith for five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead.
The Ephs tied it at 5 in the fourth on Adam Dulsky's fielder's choice.
For the Ephs, Smith lasted the first four frames, giving up five hits and five runs, four earned, while walking five and striking out one. First year Tom Benz came on and threw a scoreless inning in his collegiate debut.
Cole Futterman (0-1) started the sixth but lasted just 1/3 of an innings, allowing two hits a walk and three runs, all earned.
Williams had 12 hits in the nightcap, Doug Schaffer, Hatheway and Roberts were each 2 for 3. Michalski was 2 for 4.