WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Wesleyan baseball team (16-16, 4-6) fell 6-1 at Williams in game one of a three-game NESCAC West series on Friday. The Cardinals have a chance to avenge their loss when they host the Ephs (22-8, 6-4) in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
- Wesleyan looked to get on the board in the second when Tanner Fulkerson singled, stole second, and advanced to third, but Williams denied him of a score when he was later caught stealing at home plate.
- Williams' Erik Mini led off the second with a double to center, before later touching home on a single by Eric Pappas for the 1-0 edge.
- In the fourth, back-to-back Eph miscues allowed Fulkerson to cross home, knotting the game 1-1.
- Williams took a 3-1 lead in its half of the inning. Pappas singled to drive home Mike Stamas, before later touching home himself on a fielder's choice.
- The Ephs increased their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Aventuro scored first after taking advantage of a pair of Cardinal miscues, before Kellen Hatheway crossed home on a double down the left line by Doug Schaffer, making it 5-1.
- Williams solidified the victory by adding a final run in the bottom of the eighth when Aventuro touched home on a sacrifice fly by Pappas to make it 6-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Pat Clare suffered the loss for Wesleyan, allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings of work.
- Jonny Corning and Fulkerson both went 2-4, while Alex Cappitelli had a double for the Cardinals.
- On the mound for the Ephs, Jack Bohen picked up the win, allowing one run on six hits over eight innings.
- Tom Benz went 2-3, while Pappas went 2-4 with three RBI's.