Ephs Take Game 1 of Crucial Series with Hamilton, 6-4

Ephs Take Game 1 of Crucial Series with Hamilton, 6-4

Williamstown, MA.-- In a must win game for Williams College the Ephs responded to a first inning run by Hamilton with two of their own in the bottom of the inning and never trailed in posting a 6-4 win.

Williams will need to sweep tomorrow's doubleheader versus Hamilton to secure a berth in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The first game Saturay will begin at noon and the second game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m.

The Ephs improved to 11-17 overall and 5-5 in the NESCAC with the victory while Hamilton slipped to 14-13 overall and 3-7 in the NESCAC.

Hamilton's run in the first inning came from a leadoff double by Ryan Wolfsberg to center field  and a ground ball single into right by Brett Mele.

A Jack Cloud triple to left center field scored Doug Schaffer who had led off the home half of the first inning with a single. Cloud came into score when the Continentals' mishandled the relay back into the infield, putting the Ephs up 2-1.
Cloud gave the Ephs a two-run lead in the third inning when he scored off a sacrifice fly by Kellen Hatheway. Cloud doubled to open the inning and was bunted to third by David Rosas.
Hamilton tied the game at three in the top of the fourth when they plated two runs on two hits and an Eph error.
The Ephs again established a two-run lead in the fifth inning when David Rosas worked a one out walk and advanced to second on an infield single by Kellen Hatheway. Rosas and Hatheway scored on a double down the left field line by Adam Regensburg. Williams led 5-3 after five innings.
Hamilton scored their final run in the sixth inning on a leadoff triple by Andrew Haser who scored on a single by David Rose.
Williams tallied the final run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth after Adam Dulsky led off with a triple to center field and Alex Panstares plated him with a sacrifice fly.
Jack Cloud, went 3 for 4 (double and 2 triples) today with 1 RBI to lead the Eph attack. Andrew Haser, Griffin Small and David Rose all had two hits for the Continentals.
Luke Rodino earned the win today for the Ephs, pitching 7 innings, giving up 4 runs, 2 of them earned, and striking out 9. Rodino was relieve by Tom Benz who walked one, struck out one, allowed two hits, but no runs.
Cole Dreyfuss took the loss today for Hamilton, pitching 7 innings, giving up 6 runs, all of them earned, and striking out 5. Brett Sanford pitched the eighth inning for Hamilton and he allowed one hit, struck out two, and did not allow a run.
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