WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—After walking off in both games against Colby yesterday, the Williams College Ephs (15-8) split a twinbill against the Colby College Mules (9-20),walking off for the third straight game in 1-0 victory in the first but ceding the nightcap to the Mules 8-5.
The weekend was dominated by first-year pitchers. John Lamont followed up his peer Sean Hager's excellent outing yesterday with a two-hit complete game to shut out the Mules in the first game today. Lamont struck out two and walked four in the outing, leaving the game with his third win of the season.
"Honestly, I don't even think Johnny had his best stuff today," Williams head coach Bill Baralle commented after the game, "but he really competed to get the two-hitter—extremely impressive." Speaking about Lamont and Hager together, Baralle added, "We thought they were going to be good, and they've been outstanding all year for us. They're competitors, they're talented, and they did a great job."
Facing off against Lamont and nearly achieving a shutout of the Ephs was Taimu Ito. Ito gave up four hits and two walks, but in the final inning, Adam Dulsky demonstrated that one hit is enough to win a game. With the game still scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Ito walked Adam Regensburg, who advanced to second on a grounder to third base by Doug Schaffer. Dulsky stepped to the plate with two outs and smacked a single down the third base line to score Regensburg and notch the Ephs' third consecutive walk-off win.
Dulsky had two of the Ephs' four hits and, naturally, their only RBI, while Matt Garcia and Jackson Ward recorded the only two hits for the Mules.
The second game was also competitive throughout . Williams opened the scoring in the second inning when Nate Michalski singled to center to score Kellen Hatheway from third base. The Ephs loaded the bases with two outs for Jackson Parese, but Parese's hard-hit line drive went straight into the pitcher's glove, cutting short a promising scoring opportunity for Williams.
Colby answered in the third and took the lead in the fourth with one run in each. Matt Garcia scored on a two-out fielding error on a ground ball to shortstop in the third. In the fourth, Eph starter Kyle Dean walked William Wessman and gave up a single to Tyler Mulberry. An effective sacrifice bunt by Ryder Arsenault moved both runners into scoring position, and Wessman came home on an infield single up the middle by Matt Mitchell .
Williams roared back from this one-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run inning. Adam Regensburg knocked a one-out double down the left field line, setting up Adam Dulsky to knock him home in a reenactment of the walk-off from the previous game. The Ephs then took advantage of a string of missteps in the field by the Mules. Doug Schaffer, who had walked earlier in the inning, advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on a two-out dribbler by Jackson Parese that pitcher John Baron failed to get to first. A wild pitch in the next at-bat scored Dulsky from third, building a 4-2 lead for the Ephs.
The sixth inning, however, would be the deciding frame. A lead-off single by Colby center fielder Ryder Arsenault, a walk, and then a hit batter loaded the bases with one out, prompting Tom Benz to relieve Will O'Brien on the mound for Williams.
Benz's first batter, Matt Treveloni hit a ground ball to Kellen Hatheway at shortstop, but Hatheway's throw to second base went wide, rolling into right field and allowing all three runners to score. A single by Matt Garcia and then a walk by Benz re-loaded the bases for Tyler Mulberry, who crushed a double over the left fielder's head, once again clearing the bases and tacking on three more runs to the Mules' total in the inning. Two ground-outs ended the inning without further excitement, but the damage had been done.
Colby reliever Matt Reasor got a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, while Cole Futterman did the same to the Mules in the top of the seventh. Up 8-4, Reasor opened the bottom of the final inning with back-to-back walks, prompting Colby closer and losing pitcher from both games yesterday Jackson Ward to replace him on the mound. A grounder to shortstop advanced the lead runner to third, and Cyrus Beschloss lofted a Ward offering into centerfield for an RBI sacrifice fly. With two outs and the tying run on deck, Ward struck out Jack Cloud to end the game and earn himself the save.
Tyler Mulberry went 2-3 in the game for Colby, recording three RBIs on his sixth-inning double. Matt Mitchell also notched an RBI and two runs scored with a 1-2 performance at the plate. Despite his game-ending strikeout, Jack Cloud led Williams in hits, going 2-4 on the day, while Adam Regensburg built on his successful outing yesterday with the Ephs' only extra-base hit.
Colby first-year Matt Reasor was credited with the win, the first of his career, while Will O'Brien (0-1) was charged with the loss for Williams. Eph pitchers walked seven batters on the day, five of whom would eventually come around to score.
"On the weekend as a whole, I thought our bats were quieter—we had a lot of tight, low-scoring games—but you've got to find multiple ways to win games and I think we've been doing that," Coach Baralle said afterwards.
Williams will travel to New York to face RPI on Wednesday, April 26, while Colby will play Thomas on the 25th.