Baseball Walks Off Twice Against Colby, 7-6 and 2-1

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On a chilly and gray day at Bobby Coombs Field, the Williams College Ephs (14-7) took both games of a double header over the Colby College Mules (8-19) with walk-off wins in extra innings, 7-6 and 2-1. Both games were originally scheduled for seven innings, but it took the Ephs nine to take the first game and eight to close out the second against the Mules.

The first of the two a tightly contested offensive affair. Colby took an early lead, but Williams worked their way back, tying the game up in the fifth and putting together a three-run bottom of the ninth capped by a walk-off single by Adam Regensburg.

The teams traded runs in the second to open the scoring. Mule shortstop Tyler Mulberry scored from third on a nice two-out double by Ryder Arsenault in the top, but Williams answered in the bottom. Kellen Hatheway led off the inning with a stand-up triple to right-center, coming home to score one batter later on an Adam Regensburg sac fly.

Colby added two runs in the next inning with another run of two-out success. Back-to-back singles by Matt Garcia and Matt Treveloni set up Andrew Sterup to knock Garcia home with an RBI single. Garcia, who had advanced to third on the hit, scored on a well-executed double steal by the Mules, with Sterup drawing the throw at second to buy enough time for Garcia to squeak home safely.

Colby added another run in the top of the fourth off an RBI double by William Wessman, but the bottom of the inning saw the Ephs start their comeback. Jack Roberts led off with a blooper into left, followed by a double down the line by Kellen Hatheway. Both runners tagged on Adam Regensburg's second sac fly of the game, scoring Roberts, and Hatheway scored on a grounder to third base by Doug Schaffer.

After Eph starter Luke Rodino barely escaped the fifth inning—Rodino hit two batters and the Mules left the bases loaded without scoring a run—Williams tied the game up with a Jackson Parese RBI single.

The game remained knotted through a tense triplet of innings until Williams reliever Jack Bohen gave up two runs in the top of the ninth.  Matt Treveloni smacked an RBI double to score Ben Coleman from first base, while Treveloni scored from second when a ground ball got past Kellen Hatheway at shortstop. Bohen escaped the inning, however, and Williams opened the their turn at bat with three consecutive singles, including a beautifully executed bunt by Jackson Parese.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Jack Cloud worked his way back from an 0-2 count to draw the RBI walk from Colby pitcher Jackson Ward, and Jack Roberts knocked a sac fly to left field to score the tying run from third. Kellen Hatheway struck out for the inning's second out, but Adam Regensburg took a two-strike pitch to centerfield, scoring Parese from second with time to spare and winning Williams the game, 7-6.

Jack Bohen, who pitched a solid two and two-third innings in relief despite giving up Colby's two ninth-inning runs, was the winning pitcher, while Jackson Ward, who stepped to the mound after starting the game at second base, was charged with the loss.

The nightcap was close as well, featuring far less offense but still ending in a walk-off win for the Ephs. Rather than a batting showdown, the second contest was more of a pitcher's duel between Eph first-year Sean Hager and Colby starter Emory Dinsmore.

Matt Treveloni carried his momentum from the first game with a triple to deep right field in the very first at-bat of the second, scoring later that inning on a ground ball hit by Cam Drew. After that inning, however, in which Hager hit a batter as well, he was near flawless, allowing just two hits, striking out ten batters, and walking none. Hager pitched all eight innings.

"The story of that game was Sean Hager," said Williams Head Coach Bill Baralle after the game. "After those first two pitches, he was great. Some of the things he has been working on this week with Coach [Tanner] McIntyre really paid off; he did a great job.

Opposing Hager was Dinsmore, who was nearly as effective at silencing the Ephs' bats for Colby. In the second inning he walked Doug Schaffer, who was subsequently batted in by Nate Michalski for the Ephs' one run in regulation, but even including the two singles in the second, Dinsmore gave up only four hits in his six innings of work, walking three and striking out four batters.

The game was locked up 1-1 until the eighth inning, when Jack Cloud smacked a lead-off double and Jack Roberts reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. With runners on first and second and no outs, Kellen Hatheway chopped a grounder to the pitcher, but the throw to third base was wide, allowing Cloud to bounce out of his slide and score the winning run.

In an unfortunate coincidence, Jackson Ward, the losing pitcher of the first game, had been summoned to the mound again in the seventh inning of the second game, and it was his errant throw that sent Cloud to the plate. Ward was charged with the loss in the second game as well, while Sean Hager capped his complete game with the W, his third in five starts.

Adam Regensburg led the way for Williams in the first game with a 3-3 performance, not including his two sacrifice flies that contributed two of his three RBIs, a number which also includes the winning run. Adam Dulsky went 2-3 and scored two runs in the contest. Matt Treveloni led the Mules in hits and runs scored, three and two respectively, including two doubles and an RBI.

"I though Regensburg had a great day," Coach Baralle added after the game, "with that clutch hit to win the game and a couple hits on the day—that was impressive."

Jack Cloud's eighth-inning double and aggressive baserunning to score the winning run were the offensive highlight for Williams in the second game. Nate Michalski recorded the team's only RBI, while Regensburg, Dulsky, and Jack Roberts also recorded hits. Matt Treveloni scored the Mules' only run, and his triple constituted Colby's only serious challenge against Hager's dominant performance in the nightcap.

The teams will do it all again on Sunday, with another pair of seven-inning games starting at noon.

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