WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College baseball team went into the day with the possibility of reaching the NESCAC playoffs with two wins today sweeping Hamilton in the series.
The Ephs split with Hamilton today, winning game one, 3-0, but falling to the Continentals, 8-1 in game two. The Ephs moved to 12-18 overall and 6-6 in the NESCAC and Hamilton moved to 15-14 overall and 4-8 in the NESCAC. With the loss in game two the Ephs were eliminated from NESCAC playoff contention.
Williams took game 1 of the day, 3-0, to keep the possibility of playoffs in sight. Adam Regensburg led the Ephs offense in game one going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Tyler Duff pitched an impressive 7 innings only giving up 1 hit and striking out 6 earning the win ..
Williams head Coach, Bill Barale was very pleased with Duff's pitching on describing his one hit effort as "awesome" and providing the Ephs "with tons of momentum going into the second game".
In the Williams first, the Ephs started out strong. Adam Regensburg came up to the plate with 1 out and the bases loaded with Jack Cloud, David Rosas and Kellen Hatheway on first, second and third. Regensburg roped a liner to left center field sending Cloud and Rosas home to put the Ephs on the board. Nate Michalski then followed this up with another RBI single extending Williams' lead to 3-0.
Spencer Vogelbach took the loss in game 1 for Hamilton pitching 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 of them earned, and striking out 4.
In game 2 of the day and the final game of the series, Hamilton took an early lead scoring 4 runs in the first inning. Hamilton then went on a 4-0 run over the next 7 innings extending the lead to 8-0.
The Ephs were able to get on the board in the bottom of the 9th inning with an RBI double from Alex Panstares. However, that was all that the Ephs offense could do and Hamilton took game two, 8-1.
Hamilton pitcher Dan DePaoli earned the win pitching 7.1 innings, giving up 2 hits, no runs, and striking out 8. Nate Michalski took the loss for Williams pitching 2.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs, all of them earned and striking out only 1.
Coach Baralle commented, "the third game of the series meant a lot but unfortunately we just came up a little short".
The Ephs will play again tomorrow against Westfield State at Westfield at 1:00pm.