FORT MYERS — Sophomore George Carroll threw six innings of shut out ball Wednesday to help the Williams College baseball team defeat Bethany (W.V.), 8-4, at the Gene Clusic Classic.
Williams improved to 2-0 heading into a 9 a.m. game against Edgewood College today.
The Ephs had nine hits in the victory, two each from Eric Pappas and Kellen Hatheway. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring three times in the first and once in the fifth, as Carroll continued to throw up zeroes.
In the Williams first, Mike Stamas drew a lead-off walk and Pappas roped a double. Hatheway drove them both home wth a two-run triple. After an out, Doug Schaffer ripped an RBI-single to right center that scored Hatheway for the 3-0 lead.
As he did as a first year at Williams, Carroll proved adept at working his way out of jams along the course of his six shutout frames, stranding nine runners over the course of his outing.
The Ephs added a run in the fifth when Pappas walked and Erik Mini ripped a triple that made it 4-0. After Bethany reached Eph reliever Charlie Carpenter for two runs in the top of the seventh to make it a 4-2 game, Williams responded with four in its half to put the game away. Philip Barnett was hit by a pitch to start the frame and Stamas followed with a single. The pair then pulled off a double steal, with Barnett scoring on an throwing error by the catcher on the play. Pappas followed with an RBI-single, and Hatheway knocked his second triple of the day to score Pappas. A Schaffer groundout scored Hatheway with the frame's final run.
Pappas finished 2 for 2 with an RBI and three runs scored. Hatheway was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and two runs scored.