TUCSON, AZ. -- The Williams College baseball team has begun to find ways to win, and it demonstrated that again on Monday as it built a 7-2 lead and held on to defeat Westminster (Mo.) for the second time in two days, 7-6.
The Ephs improved to 4-7 with the victory. They face a second game with Gustavus Adolphus Tuesday at 10 a.m. MST. The two teams met Sunday, with Williams prevailing, 12-11.
Monday, the Ephs took a commanding 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Adam Regensburg, David Rosas and Kellen Hatheway all singled to load the bases with no outs. Doug Schaffer followed with a fourth straight single, scoring Regensburg for a 1-0 lead.
Williams added a fifth run in the second when Rosas walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Hatheway groundout.
Westminster responded with two in the third to make it 5-2, but the Ephs answered with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth to regain the five-run advantage. With one out, Panstares struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Kwan walked.
With two outs, Regensburg and Rosas came through with clutch RBI-singles.
Westminster scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh to come within one run, but Tom Benz wiggled out of some trouble to pitch a scoreless eighth and Tyler Duff picked up his second save in two days with a 1-2-3 ninth as the Ephs held on.
Nathan Michalski earned the victory on the bump, throwing the first five innings and giving up just three hits and four runs, only three earned, while walking six and striking out two. Michael Cassidy also tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Williams had eight hits in the win and the first three batters in the line-up combined for six of them. Rosas was 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Hatheway was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored and Regensburg was 2 for 5 with an RBI and run scored.