Baseball drops a pair of one-run games to Williams

Senior Brendon Canavan went 3-6 at the plate in a doubleheader at Williams on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates 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 Saturday doubleheader. 

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)

Luke Rodino (3-1) tossed a complete game six-hitter, walking one and striking out six to lead the Ephs to a 2-1 victory over Bates in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.

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.

Game Two: Williams 3, Bates 2 (7 innings)

The Ephs scored the winning run thanks to an error in the bottom of the seventh to beat Bates 3-2 in game two of Saturday's doubleheader.

Telesca '17 (Holtsville, N.Y.) went six and a third innings on the mound for Bates, scattering six hits and allowing two runs in a no-decision. He did not walk anyone and struck out six.

Sean Hager (5-1) pitched a complete game for the Ephs, two runs, one earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Telesca retired the first batter he faced in the seventh and Bates brought in junior Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) out of the bullpen. He walked Cloud, hit Hatheway with a pitch and walked Roberts to load the bases. With the infield in, Dulsky hit a ground ball right to a Bobcat, but the throw home was wild and Cloud scored to win the game. 

The Bobcats fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first before rallying. Cloud singled and stole second to start the inning. Then Hatheway smacked a two-run home run to give the Ephs a 2-0 lead.

Telesca retired the next three batters to end the inning and didn't give up another run for the rest of his outing.

Sophomore Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) had a big day at the plate in game two, going 3-3 with a run scored. He singled to start the second and Canavan followed with a single of his own. After Arend reached on a fielder's choice, Canavan got picked off for the second out of the inning. Hager retired the next batter to get out of the jam.

Bates got on the board in the top of the fourth. Senior captain Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) started the inning with a single to left. Trulli followed with a single and Canavan and Arend both reached on fielder's choices. With Trulli at third and Arend at first, Arend got into a rundown, allowing Trulli to score on the play before the Ephs were able to tag out the first-year catcher for the final out of the inning.

The Bobcats tied things up in the fifth. With one out, first-year Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) singled up the middle. Then with two away, Sylvia reached when the Williams left fielder misplayed his drive to the outfield, allowing Beaton to score on the play.

Trulli singled with one away in the sixth but a double play ended the inning. Arend walked to begin the seventh and the Bobcats bunted him to second. Unfortunately a strikeout and groundout ended the top half of the inning with the game still tied.

The Bobcats and the Ephs both recorded six hits in game two. Bates' second error of the contest proved to be the difference.