FORT MYERS, Fla. — Three players had two hits each Monday and four hurlers out of the bullpen combined for seven shutout innings of relief as the Williams College baseball team opened its season with a 10-2 victory over The University of New York Old Westbury down south.
The Ephs stretch in the Sunshine State continues Tuesday with games against Babson (12 p.m.) and Gallaudet (6 p.m.).
In Monday's season opener, Williams fell behind 2-0 in the first when Panther DH Peter Capel stroked a two-run single off Eph starter John Lamont. However, the Eph junior southpaw had a 12-3 second with two strikeouts and his teammates exploded for four runs in their half of the inning, then tacked on three in the third and two in the fourth to pull away.
In the Williams second, Erik Mini got things started with a lead-off double. Doug Schaffer followed with a double that drove home Mini. David Kwan singled Schaffer home to tie the game, 2-2. Kwan stole second and, after the first out, two walks loaded the bases. With two outs and the bases still full, Erik Pappas stroked a single to left field that plated two runs for the 4-2 lead. In the third, Schaffer lined a one-out double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Kwan's RBI-single. Senior Alex Panstares followed by launching a two-run home run to left to make it a 7-2 game. It was the second career home run for Panstares.
In the Williams fourth, Pappas led off with a single and scored when senior Kellen Hatheway followed with an RBI-double to left. Schaffer's sacrifice fly plated Hatheway for a 9-2 lead.
In the meantime, Eph relievers had taken control. Jack Bohen followed Lamont and threw two hitless innings of relief. First-year Daniel Lynch was next and he also went two frames without allowing a hit, and sophomore Bryan Woolley followed with two additional scoreless innings of relief. Kyle Dean finished up with one scoreless frame to conclude the game. Lynch was credited with the victory in his first collegiate appearance. All told, the five Eph hurlers combined to allow just five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.
Schaffer finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored for the Ephs. Kwan went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Pappas was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored.