WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—In the final matchup of the regular season for both teams, the Williams College Ephs (19-11) swept the Bates College Bobcats (15-15) in the first of two doubleheaders the teams will play in Williamstown this weekend. Both were tight, low-scoring affairs, and Williams won both 2-1 and 3-2.
The first game progressed rapidly, finishing in under 90 minutes as the Ephs held on for the 2-1 victory. Williams scored a run apiece in the second and third, while Bates was scoreless until the top of the seventh, when Ryan McCarthy homered to left for the Bobcats' only run.
Adam Dulsky led off the second inning with a walk, and Adam Regensburg followed with a deep double to left-center that scored Dulsky from first. In the next inning, Kellen Hatheway smacked a one-out double down the right field line to advance Jack Cloud to third base. Cloud then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jack Roberts.
Williams was quiet scoring-wise for the rest of the game, though not for a lack of opportunities. In four out of their six innings at bat the Ephs left a runner stranded on third base.
Nevertheless, Williams senior Luke Rodino kept the Bobcats at bay in the final start of his college career. striking out six and walking only one, Rodino gave up six hits but held a shutout until McCarthy's homer in the final inning. Later in the inning, with the tying run in scoring position and two outs, Rodino struck out Leo Watson to secure his third win of the season, the eleventh of his career.
On the mound for Bates was the submarine pitcher Connor Speed, who gave up four hits and four walks while also striking out four. The loss drops Speed's season record to 1-5. Both hurlers pitched complete games in the seven-inning contest.
Ryan McCarthy and Brandon Canavan both went 2-3 for the Bobcats, while McCarthy notched the team's only run with his solo home run. Jack Roberts and Adam Regensburg each recorded RBIs, while Jack Cloud and Adam Dulsky scored the Ephs' runs.
The nightcap was a similarly tight contest. Williams took an early 2-0 lead when Kellen Hatheway crushed a two-run home run to left field, Bates worked their way back to tie the game.
In the fourth, Bates put runners on the corners with two outs and sent Jack Arend to steal second base. Caught in a pickle between first and second, he distracted enough attention for Dan Trulli to score from third. The following inning, Michael Stamas lost a Will Sylvia fly ball in the sun, letting it drop and score Pat Beaton from first base.
The game remained knotted for the next couple innings, until Williams came to bat in the bottom of the seventh. Starter Anthony Telesca was pulled for the Bobcats' closer Jake Shapiro, but Shapiro couldn't seem to find the strike zone. Walking Jack Cloud, hitting Kellen Hatheway, and then walking Jack Roberts to load the bases with one out. Adam Dulsky chopped a grounder to second base but the throw home was inaccurate allowing Jack Cloud to slide in safely for the walk-off win.
Cloud was 3-3 in the game and scored two runs, including the game-winner. Kellen Hatheway's two-run homer in the first inning notched him two RBIs and a run. For Bates, Dan Trulli matched Cloud's performance with a 3-3 game and a run scored himself.
Sean Hager (5-1), half of the Ephs' first-year pitching duo, was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game while giving up two walks and striking out five. Jake Shapiro earned his first loss of the year.
Summing up the day, Williams head coach Bill Baralle praised both his pitchers. "Two good pitching performances: That's the last time [Luke] Rodino is going to pitch which is very emotional, and of course Sean Hager pitched a great game." Jack Cloud and Kellen Hatheway were likewise singled out for their performances, particularly in the final game.
The teams continue their four-game series tomorrow at noon with two more seven-inning contests.