WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Junior Charlie Carpenter tossed five innings of no-hit baseball Wednesday and his teammates backed him with 13 hits as the Williams College baseball team improved to 9-1 on the season with a 13-3 defeat of Thomas College at Chain of Lakes Park.
The Ephs, winners of four straight, take Thursday off before facing NESCAC foe Colby in a doubleheader Friday at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. First pitch of Game 1 is slated for 12 p.m.
Williams snapped a 1-1 tie with a six-run top of the third inning. Erik Mini started things off with an opposite-field double to left. Doug Schaffer reached on an error as Mini moved to third. Matt Aventuro broke the tie with an RBI-single into left field. David Kwan reached on an error that loaded the bases. Following a strikeout, Tom Benz and Philip Barnett drew back-to-back walks that forced home two runs and made it a 4-1 game. Eric Pappas kept the train rolling with an RBI-single to right. Ryan Young drew another bases-loaded walk and Mini capped the inning with a sacrifice hlt that scored Barnett for a 7-1 Williams lead.
That lead grew to 9-1 with a pair of Williams runs in the fifth. Young and Schaffer had the runs batted in that inning. In the meantime, Carpenter threw well through five, not allowing a hit. He tired a bit in the seventh, but still picked up his first win of the season, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and three runs while walking six and striking out three. Bryan Woolley came on and threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief, giving up two hits but not walking a batter while fanning one. Will O'Brien finished up with a scoreless ninth, walking two and striking out one.
Pappas led the hit parade with a 3 for 5 day that included a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Mini was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. Barnett was 1 for 2 with three walks, two RBI and two runs scored. Schaffer was 2 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored. He has at least one hit in all 10 Eph games to date. Tom Benz was 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored and Aventuro was 2 for 6 with an RBI and run scored.