|Bates College||Williams College|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ryan McCarthy homered and the Bates baseball team received strong pitching performances from Connor Speed and Anthony Telesca but it wasn’t enough as the Williams College Ephs swept Bates in a Saturdaydoubleheader.
The Ephs (19-11) took game one 2-1 and won game two by a count of 3-2.
The Bobcats (15-15) will look to bounce back on Sunday when they wrap up their regular season with another doubleheader against the Ephs. These games do not count in the NESCAC standings because Williams and Bates are in different divisions.
Game One: Williams 2, Bates 1 (7 innings)
Speed ’18 (San Diego, Calif.) also threw a complete game, holding Williams to two runs on only four hits. He walked four and struck out four.
McCarthy ’17 (Plaistow, N.H.) singled with one out in the top of the first but got erased due to a double play.
The Ephs got on the board in the bottom of the second. Adam Dulsky drew a walk to start the frame and Adam Regensburg doubled him in.
Williams picked up a key insurance run in the third. With one out, Jack Cloud drew a walk. Kellen Hatheway doubled him to third and Jack Roberts picked up a run batted in with a sacrifice fly, extending the Williams lead to 2-0.
First-year Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) singled to start the fourth. But one out later another double play ended the inning.
With one out in the top of the fifth, first-year Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) singled to center. But he got caught stealing for the second out of the frame. Senior Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) followed with a single of his own. He got left stranded when a strikeout ended the inning.
Speed (1-5) did his part, shutting down the Ephs after the third inning.
In the top of the seventh, McCarthy got the Bobcats on the board with a solo home run. Arend drew a two-out walk and Canavan singled to left. But Rodino got a huge strikeout to end the game, preserving the narrow win for the Ephs.
Canavan and McCarthy both went 2-3 in game one, with Arend going 1-3 with a walk and Sylvia finishing 1-3 at the plate as well. Arend drew the only walk for Bates while two of the four walks the Ephs drew came around to score.