Baseball Takes Game One Against Williams

March 30, 2012

Middlebury College built  a 13-0 lead Friday and held on to defeat the Williams College baseball team, 13-8, at South Mountain Community College. Williams fell to 4-8 overall, 0-1 in the NESCAC West Division, while Middlebury improved to 6-4 on the year, 1-0 in the conference.

Zach Roeder went 4-4 for Middlebury, starting with an RBI-single in the bottom of the first that gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Williams committed four errors that led to a whopping nine unearned runs in the contest, including one in the second that allowed Tyler Wark to score for a 2-0 Panther lead.

It was 3-1 Middlebury when the Panthers exploded for 10 runs in the sixth to take that 13-run lead. The Panthers had eight of their 16 hits in that frame, while Williams committed three of its four errors. Dylan Sinnickison, who was 4-5 in the game for the Panthers, had two hits in the inning, an RBI-double that got things going, and an RBI-single. Roeder had a two-run single and Matt Wassel a two-run double during the frame.

The Ephs rallied for seven runs in their last two at-bats of the day, but ultimately fell short. In a three-run eighth, Thomas Stephens and Andrew Bishop had RBI-singles. The Ephs had the bases loaded, three runs in and two outs, but Middlebury reliever Eric Truss induced an inning-ending groundout.

In the Ephs' ninth, Luke Pierce led off with a triple and scored on Kirby Neuner's double. Jimmy Ray and Matt Kastner walked to load the bases. Stephens then walked to force in a run. David Webster hit a sacrifice fly to make it 13-7, and an error allowed the final Eph to score before a groundout ended the game.

Michael Joseph picked up the win for the Panthers, tossing the first 7 2/3 innings and giving up nine hits and four runs, all earned, while walking three and fanning four.