The Ephs split with Wesleyan in the home opener

Head Coach Bill Barrale, Jack Cloud '17, Nate Michalski '17 & Jackson Parese '17
Head Coach Bill Barrale, Jack Cloud '17, Nate Michalski '17 & Jackson Parese '17

Williamstown, MA.- First year shortstop Kellen Hatheway led the offense today for the Ephs going 4-8, with 2 home runs, 6 RBI's and 4 hits as the Williams College baseball team edged Wesleyan 5-2 to gain a split of a double header.

In game one, Wesleyan took the lead in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run from Jordan Farber. Both teams were pretty quiet in the next few innings until the Ephs were able to get on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Doug Schaffer led the charge with a single to left center field followed by a single from Kellen Hatheway. Adam Dulsky grounded out to send Doug Schaffer home and a collision between Adam Regensburg and Wesleyan's second baseman, Will O'Sullivan, inhibited O'Sullivan from making the throw home giving Hatheway time to score tying run.

Williams held Wesleyan scoreless in the top of the seventh with great defensive plays including Tyler Duff picking off a runner at second base. The game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh with Schaffer and Jack Cloud on base until Hatheway was able to get the win for the Ephs with a 3-run walk-off home-run ending the game 5-2.

Duff pitched all 7 innings for the Ephs and earned the win on the mound giving up 4 hits, 2 runs and striking out 4. Nick Miceli took the loss today for Wesleyan pitching 6.1 innings, giving up 5 hits, 5 runs and striking out 7.

In the final game of the series, Williams took an early 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first with a big 3-run home run from Hatheway. This was Hatheway's second home run in successive at bats. Williams scored another run in the bottom of the 4th off a ground out by Schaffer sending Alex Panstares home.
The Ephs struggled over the course of the next three innings giving up 8 runs while scoring none themselves and allowing Wesleyan to extend their lead to 13-5.

Williams began to gain some momentum in the bottom of the 8th scoring one run but, unfortunately, that was all they could put up on the board for the game. Wesleyan ended up spoiling the Ephs' bid at a series sweep and took the final game of the series by the score of 13-6.

Jack Bohen took the loss in the second game for Williams pitching 4.2 innings, giving up 11 hits, 7 runs (6 earned) and striking out 2. Ethan Rode collected the win for Wesleyan pitching 6 innings, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs and striking out 1.

The Ephs moved to 8-14 overall and 4-5 in the NESCAC West, while Wesleyan moves to 16-7 overall and 3-3 in the NESCAC West.