AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Oops, they did it again.
One day after sweeping a doubleheader by scoring the winning runs in its final at-bats, the Williams College baseball team fashioned a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday to stun St. Olaf College at the Lake Myrtle Complex, 10-8.
The win pushed the Ephs to 8-1 on this swing through Florida. Wednesday at 1 p.m., the Ephs are back in action at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, taking on Thomas (Me.).
J.J. Irzyk led off the Williams eighth with a pinch-hit single to right. Matt Aventuro then grounded a single through the shortstop hole and prompted St. Olaf to replace Max Marshall with Hanson Devine. Eric Pappas greeted Devine with a single through the right side that loaded the bases. Devine reached back to get a strikeout for the first out, but Eric Mini ripped a wicked one-hopper of the shoulder of the Oles' first baseman to score Irzyk and keep the sacks full.
It also brought up Eph senior Doug Schaffer, whose blistering pace continued when he connected with a Devine heater targeted for the outside corner and drove the ball deep down the right-field line, chasing all three of his teammates home for a three-run triple and a 9-8 Williams lead. Freshman Billy Shea was next and he drove a hard shot just past the Oles second baseman for an RBI-single and a two-run cushion.
First-year Nate Orluk, who had taken over on the hill in the eighth for the Ephs, allowed hits to the first two Oles in the top of the ninth, but escaped the jam with two straight strikeouts and retired the St. Olaf lead-off hitter on a fly to center to end the game. Orluk (1-0) tossed two innings of shutout relief, allowing three hits and no runs while not walking a batter and striking our four.
St. Olaf had built a 4-1 lead against Eph starter George Carroll over the first 4 1/2 innings, but Williams rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 5-all. Aventuro got things started with a one-out single. Pappas walked and the pair pulled off a double steal. Ryan Young then drove a ball deep enough the center field to score Aventuro with a sacrifice fly. Erik Mini followed with a single up the middle for a RBI that scored Pappas. Mini stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored when Schaffer singled up the middle to make it 5-4.
After a pitching change that brought on Marshall and a walk to first year David Driscoll, Alex Panstares hit a high chopper behind the third base bag that the Oles' third sacker could only get the tip of his glove on. The RBI-single scored Schaffer to tie the game.
The Ephs had 15 hits in the victory. Pappas went 3 for 3 with a walk, and RBI and two runs scored. Scahffer hit 3 for 5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Aventuro was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Mini was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Panstares was 2 for 5 with an RBI.