MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Williams College Ephs (8-19, 4-8) traveled to Wesleyan University today to take on the Cardinals (20-11, 8-4) in the final game of the three-part series. Yesterday's double header resulted in two wins for Wesleyan and put the Ephs in the down position coming into Sunday.
The Cardinals came out firing to take a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The deficit proved to be too much for the Ephs and continued to grow over the course of the game. The final score was 9-0 in favor of Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan University hit the ground running in the bottom of the first. Sophomores Alex Cappitelli, and Andrew Kauf got on base first for the Cardinals when both were hit by pitches. Danny Rose brought Cappitelli home and pushed Kauf to third with a deep double down the infield line. A four-ball walk of Matt Jeye soon after loaded the bases for Wesleyan. A third batter hit sent catcher Chase Pratt to first base and brought home another runner for the Cardinals. Williams entered the game defensively on the following play with a pop up to the second basemen to give Wesleyan their first out of the inning. Three batters later, the game moved into the second with another pop up and a strike out. Unfortunately, just prior to the third out, junior Ryan Earle reached second on a fielder's choice and an error by the first basemen. The sequence of events allowed Jeye and Rose to score two more runs and put Wesleyan up 4-0
The game entered an extended period of calm after the stream of runs in the first. In the second, junior Tom Benz managed a double for the Ephs down the infield line, but two quick outs cut the opportunity short. Likewise, Rose and sophomore Mike Stamas managed singles in their respective at bats, but their on bases amounted no change in the score.
Throughout the four scoreless innings, Williams and Wesleyan displayed strong defensive skills. The Ephs recorded three ground outs, three line outs, and three fly outs. Not to be outdone, the Cardinals posted three strike outs, three ground outs, and a handful of foul outs.
In the top of the sixth some more excitement returned to the game beginning with Williams' at bat. Stamas earned his second contact of the game with a bunt which got him to first. Junior Kellen Hatheway knocked a single into right field shortly after to push Stamas to second. Unfortunately, a double play on another attempted bunt put a quick end to the Ephs' at bat.
Wesleyan opened up its lead further as the game moved into the bottom of the sixth. Righty pitcher Jake Alonzo singled to third base and eventually advanced to second on a subsequent ground out. Sophomore Tanner Fulkerson maintained a common trend of the game with a bunt which got him to first and pushed Alonzo to third. The following batter Kevin Walek ground out to the second baseman but created time for Alonzo to reach home plate and Walek to advance to third. The inning ended soon after with Wesleyan now up 5-0.
The Ephs again looked to turn the tides in the top of the seventh. Senior Adam Dulsky singled to left center to set the tone. Benz managed to reach first on a fielder's choice but Dulsky was put out at second as a result. Two batters later, Junior Alex Panstares crushed a ball to right field. The contact allowed Benz to get to third and earned him a double. Unfortunately, a final ground out moved the game to the Cardinal's next at bat.
Kauf got things going for the Cardinals with a single up the middle. A wild pitch two batters later create time for Kauf to reach second. Jeye came in clutch on his second at bat of the day with a single to right center which brought Kauf home for Wesleyan's sixth run. Alonzo returned soon after with a bunt that was fielded incorrectly and allowed him to reach second. With a man on second and third, a fly out to center field kept the deficit from increasing any further.
Once again, the Ephs proved their mettle with another rallying effort late into the game. Senior Adam Regensburg got on base first with single down the infield line. Stamas was subsequently walked which pushed Regensburg to second. Hatheway managed to make contact as the third batter, but a reach on a fielder's choice meant he was safe at first but Regensburg was thrown out at third. A foul out to the catcher gave Williams their second out of the inning and put the pressure on. Both Hatheway and Stamas advanced another base on a passed ball, but their efforts were in vain with a final fly out to right field.
In the bottom of the eighth Wesleyan put the final touches on their eventual victory. Walek connected for the second time with a single to the short stop. He was pushed to second on a walk soon after. Kauf stepped to the plate with a man on first and second and the out count at zero. He delivered a single to left center which was bobbled by the outfielder. The error ensured Kauf reached first safe, Cappitelli reached second, and Walek scored. Soon after, Jeye knocked a double down the right field line which brought the Cardinal's final two runs of the game across home plate. The game ended in the top of the ninth at 9-0 after Wesleyan kept Williams scoreless for their final at bat.
The Williams College Ephs come out of a tough weekend with their sights set on their final three games of the season. All three games will take place against the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds. The first game will take place away on Tuesday the first. The final two games will be a home double header on May 5th.