WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Coming off of two heartbreaking losses in a doubleheader yesterday, the Williams College Ephs (9-4, 4-2) defeated the Wesleyan University Cardinals (13-5, 4-1) behind superb pitching by first-year John Lamont.
Yesterday was tough," Williams head coach Bill Baralle said after the game, "but today we bounced back and played good, clean baseball. That's just what we needed."
The game was scoreless until the third inning, when the Ephs strung together four runs to take the lead that would carry them to the victory. Wesleyan picked up their lone score in the bottom of the ninth, but Lamont pitched out of the jam to secure the complete game victory.
In addition to keeping a shutout for eight innings, Lamont struck out a remarkable 15 of the 33 batters he faced, eight of whom went down looking. His one run was unearned, coming on account of a fielding error, and he surrendered five hits and two walks in his nine innings.
"Johnny has a good fastball," Coach Baralle said of his first-year pitcher, "and he just did a good job. He did well in Arizona, so we gave him a shot on the weekend and he stepped up."
Jackson Parese, continuing a solid series against the Cardinals, started things off in the third for the Ephs with a single to shallow center. Parese then advanced to third on a hit-and-run with Michael Stamas, scoring on a muffed ball by Jake Alonzo trying to catch Stamas stealing second. Jack Cloud smacked a ball into centerfield for an RBI single and, after advancing to second on the throw to home, scored himself when Kellen Hatheway dropped a single into left field. The fourth and final run of the inning came in a rare balk call with Hatheway on third.
Wesleyan reliever Alec Olmstead, who finished the game after entering late in the third, performed admirably against the hot bats of the Ephs, giving up just two hits while striking out four but walking the same number.
Lamont maintained his dominance through the middle innings, facing only three batters in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. In the ninth, singles by Andrew Keith and Ryan Earle put a runner in scoring position, and a pitch in the dirt from the tiring Lamont advanced Keith to third. The runner scored with two outs on a hard-hit ground ball that was fumbled by Kellen Hatheway. A potential repeat of the Ephs' blown leads the previous day was averted, however, Daniel Rose popped up to second to end the game with the Ephs on top 4-1.
Naturally, Lamont was credited with the win, the second of his career and his first 9-inning complete game, while Wesleyan starter Stephen Howard (1-1) was charged with the loss. Jack Cloud registered the game's only multi-base hit, a double in the game's very first at-bat, on the way to a 2-3 performance at the plate. Kellen Hatheway also went 2-3, and both Ephs registered RBIs. Andrew Keith came up with two of the Cardinals' five hits, in addition to scoring the team's only run of the game.
Williams travels to Becker on Tuesday, April 11, while Wesleyan returns to action against Salve Regina on the same day.