PASADENA, CA. -- First-year Erik Mini opened his collegiate career by going 5 for 5 with two home runs and 4 RBI Monday as the Williams College baseball team opened its season with an 11-8 victory over Caltech.
Williams had 13 hits in the victory, including seven extra-base hits (and four home runs). Mini had 13 total bases in the win; a single, two doubles and two home runs. Mike Stamas and Kellen Hatheway also homered for the Ephs in the win.
The Ephs trailed 3-1 after one inning after Connor Moffat reached Carpenter for a three-run homer. But a four-run fourth and a four-run sixth helped Williams build a lead it would not relinquish.
In the Ephs' fourth, Adam Dulsky got things going with a single and Alex Panstares sacrificed him to second. David Kwan then beat out a single to the shortstop hole as Dulsky advancd to third base. Mini followed with an RBI-double in his first at-bat to make it 3-2, as Kwan was thrown out on the play. Sophomore Stamas followed a cracked a two-run homer that gave the Ephs a 4-3 lead. Doug Schaffer walked and he scored to make it 5-3 when senior Jack Roberts roped an RBI-double.
It was 5-4 when Kwan opened up the sixth with a single down the right-field line. Mini was up next and he rocketed a two-run homer over the fence in right-center field to make it 7-4. Schaffer walked around two outs and Hatheway crushed his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that made it 9-4 Williams. Williams added two more in the seventh when Phillip Barnett scored on a wild pitch and Mini hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot that made it 11-6 Williams.
First-year Bryan Woolley set the Beavers down in order in the eighth and O'Brien came on to get them 1-2-3 in the ninth to close out the victory.