TUCSON, AZ. — Luke Rodino accomplished something Friday no other Eph pitchers had been able to do in 37 games, dating back 369 days.
In doing so, he hurled the Ephs to a critical 8-2 victory over NESCAC West rival Middlebury at the Kino Sports Complex. With the win, the Ephs improved to 5-8 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC West. Williams will battle Middlebury twice on Saturday with the first game beginning at 11 a.m. MST.
Friday, Rodino did not walk a batter while tossing a complete-game eight-hitter. Oddly enough, the last game the Ephs did not walk a batter was also a Rodino effort, another complete game win over Middlebury back on March 28, 2015.
Williams did not waste any time giving the right-hander lenty of run support, scoring three times in the first and twice in the second for a 5-0 lead.
In the Williams first, David Rosas singled with one out and Kellen Hatheway was hit by a pitch. A groundout moved the runners to second and third for Jack Cloud, who lined a clutch two-out, two-run single to put Williams on the board. Cloud went to second on the throw home and scored on Adam Dulsky's two-out, RBI-single.
In the third, Hatheway and Doug Schaffer singled for Cloud, who walked to load the bases. Hatheway scored on a wild ptch and, two outs later, Nathan Michalski singled home Schaffer for the five-run advantage.
Middlebury chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Johnny Read and Sam Graf had RBI-singles for the Panthers.
From there on out Rodino was in control, retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced over the final three innings. In nine frames he allowed eight hits with no walks and struck out eight Middlebury hitters to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Ephs had 15 hits in the win. Cloud was 3 for 3 with four RBIand two runs scored. Michalski was 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Hatheway was 2 for 4 with three runs scored. Regensburg was 2 for 5.