A Diamond of an Anniversary

The Ephs and Lord Jeffs will square off on May 3 for a scheduled league game commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first-ever collegiate baseball game. The 1 p.m. match-up, to be held at the original Wahconah Park site in Pittsfield, Mass., will be televised nationally on the ESPN-U network.

The weekend will also feature a free youth clinic and historical exhibition— both sponsored by the College Baseball Hall of Fame—as well as a special three-inning throwback game featuring Williams and Amherst alumni playing with vintage equipment and under the rules of that era.

The original game ended in a 73-32 Amherst victory after 25 innings. “That sounds like a football blowout score,” current Williams baseball coach Bill Barrale says with a laugh. “Hopefully, our pitching and fielding will be a little better than that.”