TRINITY, CONNECTICUT – The Williams College Baseball team traveled to Trinity College on Tuesday to take on the Bantams in a mid-week game. Coming off a dominant 14-4 victory over Amherst on Sunday, the Ephs looked to return to a winning streak.
Action kicked off at 4:00 pm after the passing of rainy conditions. The low scoring game kept competition close from beginning to end.
The Ephs began the 1st at bat but were unable to build any momentum. Sophomore Eric Pappas managed a single as the first batter, but three quick outs put the Bantams up to bat soon after.
Junior Matt Koperniak started things off on a strong note for Trinity with a homerun early into his pitch count. Aside from his contact, only one of his teammates was able to make it on base with a single which was never converted into a run.
The Bantams entered the 2nd up 1-0 and the score remained unchanged for the following five innings.
In the top of the 5th, the Ephs were able to advance a few bases but were unable to crack the scoreboard. First year Matt Aventuro reached first on a walk. He advanced to third on a passed ball and a balk respectively but was cut short by strike outs on the following two batters.
Likewise, in the bottom of the 6th the Bantams made some progress without advancing their lead. First year Mike Guanci Jr. managed first on a throwing error by the third baseman. He eventually stole second during his teammate's at bat, but was unable to find home when the inning was cut short by a ground out and a fly out.
During the strong defensive efforts, junior Charlie Carpenter pitched the first five innings for the Ephs. He was replaced by sophomore lefty Brian Woolley for the next two innings. Sophomore Phillip Barrett and junior Kyle Dean split the remainder of the game.
On the Bantams side, first year Jimmy Fahey was on the mound for the first six and half innings. He was relieved by senior Erik Mohl to finish the game.
In the 7th inning scoring opened up again with a flurry of quick runs. Senior Eph Kellen Hatheway was walked as the first batter. Williams brought in first year Billy Shea to pinch run for Hatheway shortly after. Sophomore Erik Mini stepped up with a double as the second batter to get him on base and push Shea to third. Senior Doug Schaffer got Williams on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly out to right field which also pushed Mini to third. Aventuro returned up to bat and followed his teammates lead with a fly out to center field which gave Mini the opportunity to find home plate. With two outs on, junior Mike Stamas kept the at bat alive with a single. Senior Alex Panstares also singled to push Stamas to second. Unfortunately, the campaign was cut short when first year Ryan Young reached on a fielder's choice which put Panstares out at third for the Ephs third out. The push put Williams up 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th.
Not to be kept down, Trinity answered quickly. Senior Geoff Stillman singled to start things off and managed to steal second on the subsequent play. A walk of the third batter put two men on for sophomore Vincent Capone. Capone flied out on his contact, but an error by the short stop meant Stillman was able to cross home plate. Moving into the 8th the score was tied at 2-2.
The 8th was quiet for both teams. Pappas managed another single for the Ephs. The Bantams earned a double and stole a couple bases, but the efforts did not amount to anything.
The outcome of the game came down to the 9th inning. Unfortunately, aside from Schaffer's double as the second batter, the Ephs were shut out. The Bantams began where they ended with Koperniak. He delivered a single as the first batter and stole second soon after. Senior Ben Reinisch stepped up to the plate and drove his teammate home to end the game. The final score of the game was 3-2 in favor of Trinity College.
The Ephs next chance at competition will come on Wednesday 4/10 when they take on Vassar College away. The game begins at 4:00 pm sharp.