LA VERNE, CA — A five-run, bottom of the sixth inning rally by LaVerne sent the Williams College baseball team to its eighth straight defeat Wednesday as it dropped an 11-8 decision to the Leopards at Ben Hines Field.
Williams fell to 1-8 with the loss while LaVerne improved to 16-9 on the season. The Ephs are off Thursday before playing Middlebury in the opening game of a key NESCAC West series Friday back at LaVerne. First pitch is 2 p.m. EST.
The Ephs trailed LaVerne 4-1 after the first inning Wednesday but rallied for two runs in the second, three in the third and two more in the top of the sixth to build an 8-4 lead.
In the Williams second, Doug Schaffer drew a lead-off walk and, after an out, scored when senior captain Adam Regensburg rocketed a two-run homer to right field. In the Ephs' third inning, Eric Pappas led off with a single and, after an out, Kellen Hatheway delivered a single. Schaffer then grounded an RBI-single to left that scored Pappas with the tying run. Senior Adam Dulsky followed with a two-run double to center that gave the Ephs a 6-4 lead.
In the Ephs' sixth frame, Regensburg led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on Erik Mini's RBI-single to right center. Mini stole second, but was erased at third as Mike Stamas reached first. Stamas moved to third on a Pappas single and scored on a throwing error at first on a pick-off attempt.
However, the Leopards rallied for five runs in their half of the sixth, the big blow a grand slam home run off the bat of Nick Michaels that gave LaVerne the lead for good at 9-8. The Leopards added two more in the seventh to account for the 11-8 final.
Williams had 14 hits in the loss. Schaffer was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Pappas was 3 for 5 with two runs scored. regensburg was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored and Dulsky was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.
Nehemiah Wilson got the start for the Ephs but lasted just an inning, allowing four runs. Stamas took over and went four innings without allowing a hit, but was charged with one run. He walked four and did not strike out a batter. Will O'Brien took the loss, allowing four runs in one inning. Bryan Woolley threw an inning of scoreless relief.