TUCSON, AZ. -- The recipe to stop a losing streak?
For the Williams College baseball team, it went something like this: Sprinkle 21 runs with 34 hits and mix in two late-inning rallies to produce two one-run victories, one a walk-off 12-11 inning affair over Gustavus Adolphus and the other a 9-8 thriller over Westminster (Mo.).
The pair of wins snapped the Ephs losing streak at seven and saw them improve to 3-7 overall on their spring trip to Arizona. Williams has a single game Tuesday, a rematch with Westminster beginning at 2:30 p.m. MST.
Monday's opener against the Gusties saw the Ephs jump out a 3-0 lead, fall behind 7-3, trail 9-6 after seven innings and stare at a 11-8 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth inning. But a four-run rally in their last at-bat produced the walk-off victory.
Alex Panstares got things started with a one-out double. Beau Horan singled and Adam Regensburg walked to load the bases. Senior David Rosas then lined a bases-clearing, three-run double to tie the game at 11. After a pitching change, Kellen Hatheway walked. Doug Schaffer followed with a game--winning single that scored Rosas from third for the 12-11 victory.
The rally made a winner of first year Tom Benz (1-0), who pitched two-thirds of an inning without allowing a run or hit to help the Ephs escape a jam on the top of the ninth.
Both teams had 16 hits in the game. Regensburg went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored to pace the Williams attack. Hatheway was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. Schaffer was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Adam Dulsky, Jack Cloud and Horan were each 2 for 5.
In the Westminster game the Ephs had 1-0, 3-1 and 5-3 leads but found themselves trailing 6-5 entering the top of the seventh before a four-run rally regained the lead at 9-6. After Westminster countered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, both teams were scoreless over the final two innings and the Ephs held on for the victory.
Schaffer got the fateful seventh started with a walk. After a wild pitch, Dulsky walked and Cloud singled to load the bases. A two-run single off the bat of Panstares made it 7-6 Williams. Another wild pitch preceded a two-run single by Nathan Milchalski for a 9-6 Williams lead.
First-year Will O'Brien went the first six frames for the Ephs, allowing eight hits and six runs, all earned, while walking two and striking out five to earn his first collegiate victory. Benz was again in the mix of the winning formula, throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and giving up one hits and two walks while striking out two. He gave the lead to Tyler Duff, who earned a save by throwing a scoreless ninth, striking out one in the process.
The Ephs had 18 hits in the victory. Cloud was 4 for 5 with three runs scored. Regensburg was 3 for 6 with a double and the Ephs' first home run of the season. Panstares was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Schaffer was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Michalski was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Horan was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Hatheway was 2 for 5.