AUBURNDALE, FLA. -- It might require some graying hairs, but this is something Eph head coach Bill Barrale wouldn't mind getting used to.
Barrale's Williams College baseball team won two games Monday at the Lake Myrtle Complex, sweeping a doubleheader from Kalamazoo College by scoring the winning runs in its final at bat in both games to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Ephs are back in action Tuesday with a 10:30 a.m. game against St. Olaf. Kalamazoo slipped to 1-5 with the double dip.
The combined 15 innings of doubleheader baseball took nearly five hours to play as the two team slogged their way through 32 runs, 33 hits, 29 walks, 5 hit batsmen and 3 errors.
Williams took the nightcap by scoring six times in the top of the seventh (both games were scheduled for seven innings) to erase a 4-2 deficit and win 8-5. Three walks loaded the bases to begin the frame. Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Doug Schaffer was hit by a pitch to force home a run and make it a 4-3 game. Matt Aventuro then drew a walk that brought home the tying run. Alex Panstares hit a bouncer off the plate that the Hornet third baseman made a nice play on, fielding it the ball and tossing it to the catcher at home to force out Erik Mini.
Barrale then called on Billy Shea, a first year from Medfield, Mass. the left-handed batting Shea made his coach look like a genius, inside-outing a fastball to the opposite field for a two-run single that gave Williams a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, Philip Barnett drew a bases-loaded walk to force in another run, and Eric Pappas hit a little comebacker of the pitcher's glove to drive home Shea for an 8-4 lead.
Senior Will O'Brien, who had come on to retire the only two batters he faced in the sixth, closed out the game for the Ephs, allowing a run in the seventh but finishing off the final batter on a groundout to second baseman Ryan Young. O'Brien worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run while striking out two and not walking a batter. First year went the first 5 1/3 innings and pitched well, allowing eight hits and four runs, all earned, while walking two and striking out four.
Alex Fultz of Kalamazoo touched Rohrer for a two-run home run to center field in the fifth to give the Hornets a 4-2 lead.
Williams scored twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Mike Stamas drew a lead-off walk and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Eric Pappas also walked and came around on Schaffer's RBI-single to right. Six different batters had one hit for Williams in the win. The Ephs drew 10 walks and were hit three times.
The Ephs got down 4-0 very quickly in Monday's opener, but Nemeiah Wilson calmed the storm by throwing 3 1/3 innings of one-run relief, enabling the Ephs to rally and take a 6-4 lead with two runs in the second and four in the third. In the Williams second, Schaffer led off with a single up the middle and Panstares lined a single to left. Schaffer scored on a wild pitch and Panstares scored on David Kwan's sacrifice fly.
In the Ephs third, Young led off with a single over the second baseman's head. Stamas then hit a slow roller that resulted in Young being called safe at second on. Pappas then hit a comebacker to the left of the mound and was called safe to load the bases. Mini then connected for a deep drive to left that one-hoped the fence and drove home Young and Stamas to tie the game 4-4. Scahffer followed with a line single to right that scored Pappas and Mini for a 6-4 lead.
Kalamazoo cut it to 6-5 with a run in the top of the fourth, but the Ephs answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-5 lead. Pappas drew a lead-off walk and scored when Mini crushed a ball to straightaway center for an RBI-triple. After an out, Mini scored on a wild pitch. Panstares walked right after that and eventually scored on a throwing error for the four-run lead.
The Hornets weren't finished. They plated a run in the sixth and then scored three times off Eph closer Kyle Dean to send the game into extra innings. After Eph sophomore Bryan Woolley pitched a scoreless top of the eight, the Ephs went back to work in their half. Barnett beat out a tapper down the third-base line for a hit with one out. Young walked. After the second out, Pappas walked to load the bases and then Mini loomed large, drawing a two-out, bases-loaded walk that forced home the winning run and ended the game.
Woolley (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a single in a scoreless inning of relief. Tom Benz also had a nice relief outing, allowing just one hit and one run in 2 1/3 innings.
The Ephs had eight hits in the win. Mini was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI. Schaffer was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Panstares was 1 for 3 with two runs scored.