Sunday April 29, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Harry Marino threw his first collegiate no-hitter on Saturday as the Ephs swept Hamilton and earned their way into the NESCAC baseball tournament

Marino's no-hitter gave the Ephs a 9-0 win in the opener, and they also won the nightcap 11-2.

Couple the sweep with Wesleyan's doubleheader loss to Amherst on Saturday and Williams will play in the NESCAC Tournament which begins May 11 at Trinity. The Ephs will play East Division champion Trinity in the first game of the double-elimination tournament. Bowdoin will play West champion Amherst in the other first-round game.

In the first game Saturday, the senior left-hander dominated from the first inning. He struck out 10 Hamilton hitters and walked four.

"It was special to throw a no-hitter on my final start at home," Marino said.

The Ephs staked him to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Cameron Susk belted a two-run single. Susk was out trying to stretch the single into a double.

Williams put the game on ice with a six-run third inning. They parlayed six hits and an error into the six runs.

Freshman Thomas Murphy gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Reliever Matt Berdoff pitched three perfect innings of relief to get the save.

The Ephs broke a 1-1 tie with three runs on one hit and three errors in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Susk was 4 for 5 in the doubleheader with three runs scored and five runs batted in. Ben Oliva went 4 for 8 in the twin bill, scoring three and driving in three.

MCLA baseball

NORTH ADAMS -- It took the MCLA baseball team (12-23) until the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader with Framingham State (24-14), but the Trailblazers' 10-game losing streak is now over.

After dropping the opener 7-1, MCLA came back to beat the Rams 3-2 in the second game.

Daniel Gaines threw a complete-game, six-hitter. He walked only one and struck out five.

The Trailblazers gave up a first-inning run but took the lead for good on Rory Slattery's two-run single in the bottom of the third inning.

Williams softball

CLINTON, N.Y. -- The Ephs may have been out of the running for a NESCAC tournament berth, but they closed out their conference schedule by sweeping Hamilton.

Williams (20-16, 7-5) won the opener 16-1 and then beat Hamilton (9-23, 0-12) 9-0 in the nightcap.

Three hitters had huge days for the Ephs. Ally Ensor went 7 for 7 in the doubleheader with five runs scored and six RBI. Ali Hart was 7 for 8 with four runs scored and two RBI while Merilee Weston was 6 for 7 with two runs scored and five RBI.

Ensor put her name into the Williams record books by setting single-season records in hits (70), runs scored (46), doubles (14) and total bases (99).

MCLA softball

NORTH ADAMS -- It was a rough way for the Trailblazers to close out their MASCAC schedule, being swept by Framingham.

Adriana Faria tossed a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 opener. She was two batters away from a no-hitter but MCLA's Kayla Koumajian hit a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Ainsley MacDonald was almost as good in the circle. MacDonald gave up four hits and all three of the runs charged to her were unearned.

MCLA fell behind 4-0 after 2 1/2 innings. The Trailblazers scored three runs on one hit in the home third making it 4-3. Framingham answered with four more runs in the top of the fourth. Taylor Ezold's two-run home run off of losing pitcher Kelly Pirzl was the key hit in the inning.

NESCAC golf

WILLIAMSTOWN -- After one round of the NESCAC Championships at the Taconic Golf Club, Williams trails Middlebury by one stroke.

The Panthers shot 309 after the first day and Williams is at 310.

The Ephs' Ross Bowen shot a 1-over-par 72, and holds a 3-shot lead over Middlebury's Eric Laorr.

Williams' Cody Semmelrock is tied for fourth with 77 and Dylan Dethier is tied for eighth with 80.

Williams crew

PITTSFIELD -- The Williams men retained the Onota Cup on Saturday, beating Ithaca and Coast Guard in a morning event. The Eph men's varsity eights beat Bucknell in the afternoon.

The Eph women swept Ithaca to claim the women's Onota Cup.