REDLANDS, CA — Eight runs were not enough for the Williams College baseball team in its season opener Monday as the Ephs dropped a tough 9-8 decision to the University of Redlands when the Bulldogs scored a single run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Williams (0-1) is back in action Tuesday with a scheduled doubleheader at Cal Lutheran beginning at 12 p.m. PST.
The Ephs found themselves in a 4-0 hole after two innings Monday, but battled back to tie the game 4-4 and then 8-8. The first comeback began in the third when Nathan Michalski and Alex Panstares were hit by pitches. With two outs, Kellen Hatheway lashed a two-run single to left to cut the deficit in half.
In the fourth, Doug Schaffer led off with a double and scored on Adam Regensburg's line drive RBI-single up the middle. In the fifth, Jack Cloud roped a double to right center and Hatheway followed with a single. With one out, the duo pulled off a double steal that tied the game.
However, Redlands chased Eph starter Luke Rodino from the game in the bottom of the frame, scoring four times to take an 8-4 lead. All the Bulldog scoring in the inning came with two outs.
Williams rallied ocne again, scoring four times in the top of the sixth. Regensburg got things started with a single and Michalski walked. Panstares had an RBI-single into left that made it 8-5. After an out, Cloud doubled a run home. A Hatheway groundout scored another to make it 8-7 and Cloud tied the game when he scampered home on a wild pitch.
Jack Bohen came on and did a nice job in relief for the Ephs, but Will Hall led off the bottom of the eighth for the Bulldogs with a double and came around to score on a sacrifice fy from Christian Conci.
Redlands closer John White set the Ephs down in order in the top of the ninth to close out the victory.
Williams had eight hits. Regensburg went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Hatheway was 2 for 5 with three RBI while Cloud was 2 for 5 with a RBI and two runs scored.