Amherst, MA. --The Williams College baseball team dropped its first game of the three-series versus Amherst, falling 11-4.
The Ephs (5-11/1-3 NESCAC) will face Amherst (13-3/3-1 NESCAC) again tomorrow in a doubleheader for the final games of the series at 1 p.m. and then at 3:30 p.m. at Amherst College.
Amherst started off strong, including Yanni Thanopoulos' home run in the third inning sending the Ephs into a 5-0 hole by the third inning. Thanopoulos led the Amherst offense with 3 hits and 4 RBI's on the day. However, Williams began to gain some momentum in the 4th inning when a throwing error was made by Amherst allowing Kellen Hatheway to make it to second. Then Doug Schaffer grounded out allowing Hatheway to advance to third and sending David Rosas home to score, who went 1-2 with a walk, 2 runs scored and an RBI leading the Ephs offense today.
Amherst responded in the sixth inning when Anthony Spina hit a home run off of Ephs pitcher, Luke Rodino. In the bottom of the sixth inning the Ephs came out strong with Rosas hitting a single to right center field, followed by Hatheway grounding out allowing Rosas to advance to second. Then because of a balk, Rosas advanced to third and then Schaffer intentionally was caught stealing allowing Rosas to run home.
Amherst continued to extend the lead scoring 1 run in the seventh inning against Rodino followed by 4 runs in the eighth inning against Williams pitchers Will O'Brien, who gave up 1 run and Marcus Colella, who gave up 3 runs. The Ephs simply could not match Amherst despite the two runs by Jackson Parese and Tom Benz in the seventh inning ending the game with the final score of Amherst College 11 and Williams College 4.
Rodino took the loss in today's contest, dropping to 2-1, giving up 8 hits and 7 earned runs over 7 innings pitched while striking out 2. For Amherst, Jackson Volle moved to 4-0 on the mound only giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs over 6 innings while striking out 5 and walking 5.