CLINTON, NY—After losing a tight game yesterday, the Williams College Ephs (17-10, 6-6) swept their Saturday doubleheader against the Hamilton College Continentals (14-16, 2-9), closing out conference play with 1-0 and 7-5 victories.
Williams took the first game behind another fantastic performance by first-year southpaw John Lamont. Improving to 4-1 on the season, Lamont pitched a one-hitter complete game, striking out seven Continentals and walking four. The outing is Lamont's third consecutive complete game and his third time this year allowing two or fewer hits.
"He had his good stuff going today," Williams head coach Bill Baralle said of Lamont. "He followed up his two-hit shutout [against Colby] with a one-hit shutout, and that was really huge for us."
Lamont outdueled Hamilton sophomore Max Jones, who had an impressive day in his own right despite being charged with the loss. Jones gave up six hits to the Ephs that resulted in only one run, striking out five and only walking one batter on his way to a complete game.
Williams's only run came in the third inning. Jackson Parese crushed a lead-off triple to the fence in right-center, and he scored on a deep fly ball to centerfield by Kellen Hatheway. The Ephs saw several opportunities to add to their lead throughout the contest, but Jones was able to escape from dangerous situations several times. Williams left five runners on base, including two stranded on third.
Lamont too pitched his way out of a jam. Two walks and a ground-out placed runners in scoring position with one out, and Lamont intentionally walked Hamilton slugger Ryan Wolfsburg to load the bases. The first-year notched a huge strikeout against Andrew Haser, however, and a nice sliding catch in foul territory by left fielder Michael Stamas ended the inning with the bases still loaded.
Jackson Parese went 2-3 for the Ephs and scored the game's only run; Adam Dulsky notched a nice double to right field in the fourth inning, and Kellen Hatheway was credited with the only RBI in the contest for his sac fly in the third. Kenny Collins registered the Continentals' only hit.
The second game saw much more offensive production from both teams. Hamilton opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of a throwing error by Nate Michalski. A savvy pick-off attempt by catcher Alex Panstares caught Andrew Haser in a pickle between first and second, but Michalski's throw to second base was wide, allowing Ryan Wolfsburg to score from third.
Williams took the lead in the third inning with back-to-back RBI singles to right field by Jack Roberts and Adam Dulsky. Roberts, who had advanced to third on Dulsky's base hit, then scored on a wild pitch by Hamilton starter Dan DePaoli to give the Ephs a 3-1 lead. Hamilton knotted it in the bottom of the frame, however, with a two-RBI single by Brett Mele. Williams starter Sean Hager had opened the inning with back-to-back walks, eventually resulting in a two-out, bases loaded situation for Mele.
Alex Panstares scored from third on a bunt by Kyle McGrath in the fourth, but Hamilton tied it back up again i the fifth. Williams took a 6-4 lead in the sixth with a big RBI double to left-center by Nate Michalski. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Michalski scored on a blooper to center by Jack Cloud.
The Ephs added a run in the eighth thanks to back-to-back doubles by Kellen Hatheway and Jack Roberts, but a Hamilton cut the margin to two once more in the bottom of the frame. A lead-off single by Goodman followed by a double over the centerfielder's head by Robert Morris set up Goodman to score on a wild pitch by Eph reliever Kyle Dean. Williams failed to score any insurance runs in the ninth, but a 4-6-3 double play with one out in the bottom ended the game with Williams ahead 7-5.
Adam Dulsky was 3-5 on the day for Williams, notching an RBI, while Jack Cloud continued his recent spate of impressive offensive output with his fourth straight game notching at least two hits and one RBI.
"Cloud has had a really great weekend. He's a senior captain, a leader on this team, and he loves to hit," Coach Baralle said after the game. "I thought we hit the ball like we should have all weekend in the second game—even a lot of our outs were on hard hit balls," Baralle added.
Nate Goodman was 2-4 for Hamilton with a run scored, while Brett Mele led the Continentals in RBIs with the two off his bases-loaded single in the third inning.
Sean Hager was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 4-1 to match his classmate John Lamont, and Kyle Dean earned his second save of the year with his three and two-thirds innings in relief of Hager. Dan DePaoli (3-4) was charged with the loss for Hamilton.
Williams will play their fifth straight away game tomorrow against Westfield State, while Hamilton closes out their season at home against Utica in the Jackie Robinson Classic.