TUCSON, AZ. — The Williams College baseball team posted its sixth straight victory Friday, opening a key NESCAC West series with Middlebury by posting an 18-5 victory at the Kino Sports Complex.
The Ephs improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC West.
Friday, Wiliams trailed 2-0 after one half-inning, but tied the score in its half of the first, then scored three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.
In the third Williams third, Jack Cloud drew a lead-off walk. After an out, Jack Roberts was hit by a pitch, as was Doug Schaffer, which loaded the bases. Jackson Parese's fielder's choice forced Schaffer at second but scored Cloud for a 3-2 lead. Roberts scored on a wild pitch as Parese advanced to second. Adam Regensburg then delivered an RBI-single to left for a 5-2 lead.
In the Ephs' fourth, Michael Stamas started things with a one-out double to right. Cloud was hit by a pitch. Kellen Hatheway then laid down a bunt single which Stamas scored on when an error was made on the play. A pick-off attempt that went awry allowed Cloud to score for a 7-2 lead.
Middlebury clawed its way back into the contest in the top of the fifth, scoring once to make it 7-3. The Panthers plated another run and had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth. At that point Eph coach Bill Barrale took out starter Luke Rodino and brought in Jack Bohen.
Bohen induced a pop up to second sacker Roberts, then went to 3-0 on the next batter. Two strikes followed, and then Panther Jason Lock ripped a line drive right at Eph first baseman Nathan Michalski to end the frame.
That would be as close as Middlebury would get as the Ephs would score five in the bottom of the inning and four more in the seventh to take a 16-5 lead.
In the sixth, Regensburg cracked a two-run double and Michalski laced an RBI-single. In the seventh, Adam Dulsky had a pinch-hit, bases-clearing, three-run double. He scored on another Michalski RBI-single.
Williams finished with 14 hits, led by Regensburg who went 4 for 6 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Michalski was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Dulsky was 2 for 2 with 4 RBI. Roberts finished 0 for 4 but scored 5 runs. Roberts was 0 for 2 but scored 3 times. Hatheway was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored.
Rodino picked up his second win of the season, going 5 1/3 and allowing 10 hits and four runs, three earned, while walking two and striking out five. Bohen earned the save, tossing the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing three hits and one run while walking two and striking out three.