CLAREMONT, CA — Despite 16 hits Wednesday, the Williams College baseball team fell to 0-2 on the season via a 10-8 loss at Pomona Pitzer.
The Ephs have Thursday off before resuming their West Coast schedule with a single game at Whittier College friday beginning at 3 p.m. PST.
The Ephs got off to a good start Wednesday, scoring single runs in the top of the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. In the second, Alex Panstares RBI-single to right scored Adam Regensburg for a 1-0 lead. In the third, Jack Roberts drew a one-out walk and scored when Doug Schaffer doubled to rigth-center field.
The Sagehens responded with two runs off Williams starter Johnny Lamont in the bottom of the third, tying the game at two-all.
In the Williams fourth, David Kwan walked, was sacrificed to second by Panstares and took thir on a single by Jackson Parese. Parese stole second before Rober's lofted a sacrifice fly to score Kwan and give the Ephs a brief 4-3 lead.
Tied up 4-4, Williams scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 6-4 advantage. Schaffer led off with a single and, after an out, Adam Regensburg doubled. Kwan and Panstares followed with back-to-back RBI-singles for a 6-4 Eph lead.
The Sagehens, however, answered with three of their own in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-6 lead. It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth, when Pomona added three more for a four-advantage.
Williams was not quite done though, and put together a big rally in the top of the ninth. With one out, pinch-hitter Michael Stamas delivered a single to right-center. Pinch-hitter Kyle McGrath then beat out a high-chopper to third for an infield single. Roberts then singled to left, scoring Stamas to make it 10-7. After a pop up for the second out, Michalski worked a walk to load the bases, and Regensburg drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 10-8.
Up came Kwan, but his grounder back up the middle was field by the Sagehens second baseman, who flipped to second to force out Regensburg and end the contest.
Five different Ephs had two hits. Panstares was 2 for 4 with two RBI, while regensburg was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
First-year Kyle Dean took the loss depite pitching fairly well. He went three innings of relief, allowing five hits and one unearned run while walking one and striking out one. Lamont went the first four frames for the Ephs, allowing five hits and six runs, four earned, while walking three and striking out four.