WHITTIER, CA. — The Williams College baseball team saw its losing streak extend to six games Sunday with 2-1 and 9-8 lossses to Whittier College.
The Ephs are now 1-6 on the season. The Ephs are at Cal Lutheran Monday for a 4 p.m. EST contest.
In the nightcap, the Ephs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but trailed 8-6 before rallying for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. But Whittier came up with a walk-off bunt single in the bottom of the ninth innings to post the one-run victory.
Kellen Hatheway go things going with two outs and nobody on in the top of the first of the second game when he doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following a Jack Roberts walk, Doug Schaffer lined a single up the middle for a 1-0 Eph lead. Adam Regensburg then ripped a single up the middle to score Roberts for a 2-0 lead. Alex Panstares then hit a grounder that results in both Schaffer and Regensburg scoring, and then scored on a single to right field by Erik Pappas.
Whittier responded with one in the first and four more in the third to chase Eph starter Jack Bohen and tie the game 5-5. Williams regained the lead briefly with a single run in the fourth on an RBI-single from Hatheway.
Down 8-6 entering the top of the ninth, Eric Mini jumpstarted the rally with a double to right field. With one out, Roberts singled and Schaffer followed with an RBI-single to make it 8-7. Regensburg then reached on an error and a passed ball allowed Roberts to scamper home with the tying run. On that play, Schaffer attempted to score out as well, but eas tagged out at the plate.
With runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Whittier's Daniel Tuerffs dropped down a bunt that scored the winning run.
The Ephs had 14 hits in the game two loss. Pappas was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Tom Benz, Hatheway, Mini, Schaffer and Roberts each had two hits for the Ephs in the loss. Mike Stamas took the loss, allowing one run in one-third of an inning. Nehemiah Wilson pitched two scoreless, hitless innings of relief for Williams.
In the opener, the Ephs had opened hot as well as Stamas singled and went to second on a passed ball, scoring when Pappas doubled to right field for an RBI. However, that would be the extent of the Williams offense for the seven-inning game. Whittier hurler Alex Baez went the distance, allowing seven hits over seven innings, just the one run, and did not walk a batter while striking out six Ephs. Kyle Dean was equally effective for the Ephs, allowing seven hits over six frames while giving up two runs, only one of which was earned. He walked two and struck out three.
After Whittier scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, the Ephs had a chance for the tie in the top of the seventh when, with two outs and nobody on, Adam Dulsky ripped a double. John DiGravio ran for Dulsky and Kwan ripped a liner toward the outfield that was snared at second base to end the game.