WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Five Williams College ptichers combined to throw a 6-hit shut out RPI Wednesday afternoon at Bobby Coombs Field.
The Ephs improved to 10-17 with the victory while RPI slipped to 10-20 on the season. Next up for the Ephs is a 4 p.m. NESCAC West contest at home against Hamilton Friday, the first game in a three-game series that concludes with a doubleheader Saturday at Bobby Coombs.
Wednesday, Williams scored unearned runs in the first and second innings and added two more in the third to build an early four-run lead.
In the first, David Rosas was hit by a pitch leading off and advanced to third on consecutive groundouts. He scored the Ephs' first run when Kellen Hatheway's grounder to first was misplayed into an error.
In the second, Adam Regensburg blasted a one-out double to left-center field and advanced to third on a groundout. He scored when David Kwan reached on an two-out throwing error by the second baseman.
In the Ephs' third, Jackson Parese, Doug Schaffer and Hatheway had consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. Jack Cloud drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Parese and Nathan Michalski scored Schaffer with a sacrifice fly to center on a extremely well hit ball.
In the meantime, Eph hurlers were keeping RPI off the board. Senior Alex Beschloss started and tossed the first four frames. His toughest inning was the first when a hit batsman and two Eph errors loaded the bases with one out. However, Kwan snared Ethann Meister's line drive at first and doubled off a runner to end the threat.
Beschloss ended up allowing three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Will O'Brien followed and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit but walking two and striking out no one. He was lifted with a runner on first and one out in the seventh. Michael Cassidy came on and cleaned up the inning, inducing a pop up and a groundout to end the frame.
Tom Benz pitched a scoreless eighth, walking one batter, and senior Arnie Capute hurled the ninth, allowing two hits but no runs. It was the first shutout thrown by Williams in the 2016 season and the first since May 2, 2015, when Luke Rodino blanked Suffolk in an eight-inning affair.
O'Brien earned the win, evening his record at 2-2. Aaron Kalish took the loss for RPI. J.T. Sawyer was 2 for 3 for the Engineers.