The Ephs take game one of the series with Wesleyan, 9-2

Luke Rodino '17
Luke Rodino '17

Middletown, CT. – The Williams College baseball team won an exciting series opener against Wesleyan University today, 9-2. The two teams will face off again tomorrow at Williams College at 1 p.m. and then at 3:30 p.m.

Williams head coach, Bill Barrale, referred to this game as a "must win situation" and the Ephs were able to keep the possibility of making the playoffs alive with the win.

The game got off to a slow start from both teams, each scoring no runs in the first inning.

In the Williams second, Adam Dulsky was walked and Kellen Hatheway hit a single. An error on a sacrifice bunt from Jack Cloud sent Dulsky home to put the Ephs on the board. A groundout from Jackson Parese moved Cloud to third and Hatheway home. A clutch RBI-single to third base from Alex Panstares allowed Cloud to reach home. The Ephs ended the top of the inning 3-0. 

Again in the third Williams continued to extend their lead to 4-0 scoring one run by Adam Regensburg off an RBI-single from Dulsky.

Wesleyan chipped away one run in the bottom of the 4th with a groundout from Nick Miceli sending Matt Jeye home and again in the 7th off a wild pitch.
The Ephs responded in the 6th with a double from Nate Michalski followed by a double from David Rosas making the score 6-1.

From there on out Williams was in control of the game scoring 4 runs in the 8th inning. The Ephs had no hits in the entire inning but from 2 walks, 2 errors and 2 players hit by pitches were able to extend the lead to 9-2.

The Ephs had 10 hits in the win. David Rosas was 2 for 4 with 2 hits and 2 RBI's. For Wesleyan, Jordan Faber led the offense with 2 hits and 1 RBI. 

Luke Rodino earned today's win moving to 3-2 on the mound pitching 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs and striking out 4. Coach Barrale, was pleased with Rodino's performance today including his "strong pitching and ability to take command" and felt he was a key player in the win. Peter Rantz took the loss in today's contest pitching 5 innings, giving up 10 hits, 5 runs and only striking out 3 moving to 4-2 on the mound.

Coach Barrale was also happy with his team's overall performance and felt it was a "good team win."

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