WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—In an offense-heavy contest at Bobby Coombs Field, the Williams College Ephs (11-7) defeated the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds (9-14) by a score of 9-5.
Skidmore opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Patrick Geiger and Josh Brown hit back-to-back two-out singles, and Geiger scored from third on a wild pitch by Ephs starter Kyle Dean. Williams immediately answered in the bottom, however, when wild throws to first base on infield grounders allowed Jack Roberts to advance to second and then to score on a Kellen Hatheway grounder to shortstop. Doug Schaffer then singled to center to score Hatheway and take a 2-1 lead for Williams.
The Ephs extended this lead in the third. Jack Cloud led off with a frozen rope to centerfield and then stole second. With one out, Kellen Hatheway crushed a pitch over the rightfielder's head for an RBI stand-up triple. Hatheway came home on a ground-out by Doug Schaffer and Thoroughbred started Spencer Meyer escaped from the inning without further damage with the score 4-1.
The teams traded runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth, when the Ephs seriously extended their lead thanks to more strong hitting. Kellen Hatheway doubled down the left field line, Doug Schaffer was hit by a Tim Allen pitch, and Adam Regensburg cleared the bases with a double to leftfield. Another infield throwing error by the Thoroughbreds allowed Nate Michalski to reach first base and Regensburg to scored from second, upping the Eph run total to 8.
Skidmore added one run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, but Williams fended off the Thoroughbred sally, adding an insurance run in the sixth. The Eph relief effort in these innings—consisting of Will O'Brien, Marcus Colella, and Tom Benz—forced Skidmore hitters to leave seven runners on base in the final four innings.
"Some different arms threw for us today, I thought the bullpen guys did a very nice job—it was good to ge them out here," Williams head coach Bill Baralle commented.
Both teams had successful offensive outings, registering 12 hits on the game. The difference came, however in errors, as the Thoroughbreds' three errors in the first three innings played a key role the Ephs building their lead.
Jack Cloud led the way for Williams, putting up a 4-5 performance including one RBI and a run scored, while Kellen Hatheway was just a homer away from the cycle, racking up three runs and an RBI on his three hits. Dough Schaffer led the team in RBIs with three. For Skidmore, Ryan Strickland went 3-4, while Matt Fogarty and Justin LaRose each notched two hits on the day.
Eph starter Kyle Dean (2-1) was credited with the win for his three-hit, three-strikeout performance, while Tim Allen was charged with the loss.
"It was a nice win," said Barrale. "We needed this W after the weekend, and Skidmore is a good program. We're happy."