Baseball swept in NESCAC West doubleheader at Williams
Harry Marino threw a no-hitter in Game 1 and Ben Oliva posted three hits and a pair of RBI in Game 2 to lead Williams College to a sweep of Hamilton College in a NESCAC West Division doubleheader at Williams' Bobby Coombs Field on April 28.
Williams (15-17 overall, 6-5 NESCAC West) won the opener 8-0 and took the nightcap 11-2. The Ephs have won five straight games. The teams meet again at Williams on Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m.
In Game 1, Marino issued four walks and struck out 10 batters. Cameron Susk finished with two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Matt Kastner tripled and drove in a run, and Luke Pierce and Taylor Mondshein each singled and doubled. Mondshein scored two runs and Pierce added one.
Alex Pachella '15 started on the mound for Hamilton and suffered the loss. Pachella surrendered five earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. Mike Affuso '14 came on in relief in the sixth inning and recorded the final two outs.
Williams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Oliva singled up the middle and advanced to third on Mondshein's double to right. Susk followed with a single to center that scored both runners.
The Ephs added six runs in the bottom of the third inning for the final margin. Pierced doubled to left to lead off, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Oliva. Mondshein walked, stole second and came around to score on Susk's double. Kastner's triple plated Susk, and Kastner came around to score on an error that allowed Stephen Maier to reach safely. K.C. Murphy and Pierce capped the inning with RBI singles that brought home Maier and Phil McGovern.
In Game 2, Pierce finished with two doubles and drove in a run. Darren Hartwell singled twice, drove in two runs and scored two more. Susk had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs. Starting pitcher Thomas Murphy scattered eight hits and allowed two runs in six innings of work. Matt Berdorf pitched three perfect innings to earn the save.
Sam Fuentes '13 and Lukas Bridenbeck '13 each finished with a single and a double to pace the Continentals' offense. Sam Choate '12 and Colin Henneberger '14 each smacked a triple, and Joe Jensen '15 and Ben Goffin '15 had the other hits. Ryan Crawford '15 started on the mound, surrendered four earned runs in 6.1 innings, and suffered the loss.
Williams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Pierce sent a two-out double down the left field line and came around to score on Hartwell's single to center.
Hamilton (6-25, 2-9) responded with a run in the top of the fourth inning to tie the score. With one out, Choate tripled to left field and came home on Bridenbeck's double to right center.
The Ephs regained the lead with three unearned runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Continentals cut their deficit to 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Henneberger led off with a triple and scored on Fuentes' single up the middle.
Williams scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning and three more in the sixth inning to open a 9-2 lead. Susk cracked an RBI double in the fifth and added an RBI single in the sixth. The Ephs tacked on two more runs in the eighth for the final margin.