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Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:21 pm

Baseball season preview 2015

LEWISTON, Maine – Despite graduating seven starters from last year's squad, head coach Mike Leonard is clear that the 2015 campaign is not a rebuilding year for the Bates baseball team.

"We're no longer trying to be good or hoping for a good season," Leonard said. "We've established a track record of success, and our goal from this point forward is to win the NESCAC."

That track record of success includes a trip to the postseason in 2014, the Bobcats' first berth in the 15-year history of the four-team NESCAC tournament, where the team defeated Amherst in the first round. Bates has posted 20-win seasons in three of the first four years under Leonard, who enters his fifth season at the helm.

Leonard and his staff will look to a strong group of seniors, led by captains Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine), Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) and Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) to lead Bates deep into the postseason.

"These guys are excited to have it on their shoulders, and they are embracing their turn to be leaders," Leonard said.
Position players

All three captains have been starters for their entire career. Starting catcher Hyde, a two-time All-NESCAC selection, ranked third in hitting for the Bobcats, with a .313 average, while outfielder Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) was right behind him at .310. Fellow outfielder Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) brought power to the middle of the lineup and finished second on the team in home runs, with three.

The Bobcats return experience up the middle with sophomore Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) at shortstop and junior Sam Warren (Norfolk, Va.) in center field. Warren hit .302, was third on the team in slugging percentage (.442) and made 11 appearances on the mound, putting up a 1.93 earned-run average. Fox came on strong at the end of his rookie season, with base hits in his last nine games. Juniors Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) and Berto Diaz (Carson, Calif.) have both made starts at second base in their careers.

The competition is open for third base, left field, and the DH position vacated by last year's home run leader and captain, Griff Tewksbury. Junior Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) has started at third in his career, while also pitching and designated hitting, and junior Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) made 17 starts at first base a year ago.

Pitching
The Bobcats run very deep in the pitching department, with as many as 18 different players who could take the ball. Exactly who will take the ball in which circumstance has yet to be determined, though, with the three primary starting pitchers from 2014, who accounted for over a third of the total innings pitched, have graduated.

"We don't have too many guys that I'm going to label with a role closer, short relief, or long relief right now," Leonard said. "What we're really trying to do is put guys in a position to get guys out and give us the best chance to win, and I feel confident in all 18 guys."

Seniors Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) and Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) will take on a bulk of the pitching duties, while first-years Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) and Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) will compete for open opportunities.

Levangie appeared in eight games and made seven starts in 2014, finishing with a 3.34 earned run average and 22 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. The 6-foot-3 Maliska appeared in 13 games as a reliever last season, holding opponents to a .214 batting average.

Leonard returns a strong group of juniors who will take the mound as well. Righthander Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.) started five games last season, throwing 22.1 innings with a 2.42 ERA. Fellow righty Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) also pitched 20 innings in 2014, appearing in 15 games. Juniors Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.) and Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.) each appeared in more than 10 games.

The Bobcats begin the season this Monday, Feb. 16, when they face off against Caltech to kick off winter break in California, the first of six games on the week. They'll also play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Feb. 17, at Pomona-Pitzer on Feb. 18 and finally a three-game series at Whittier on Feb. 20-21. Conference play and the home schedule both begin on March 27, when Bates plays host to Trinity at Leahey Field.
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Re: Bates: Baseball 2015

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:22 pm

Baseball opens 2015 season with 9-1 win at Caltech

PASADENA, Calif. -- Senior captain Nate Pajka homered in his first at-bat of the season and senior captain Rockwell Jackson added a two-run triple, propelling the Bates College baseball team to a 9-1 season-opening win at Caltech on Monday.

The Beavers (0-6) scored an unearned run off of Bates senior starting pitcher Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) in the first inning to close the gap to 3-1, then were held scoreless the rest of the way by Levangie and four Bobcat relievers: first-year Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine), senior Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine), first-year Chandler Crans (Camden, Maine) and first-year Andrew Freeman (Newton, Mass.). Levangie retired six Beavers in a row before Russell came on to start the fourth and went two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four to earn the victory.

Pajka (Douglas, Mass.), batting fourth, hit a two-run home run in the first inning, the 11th of his career, after Jackson had already walked and scored when senior captain Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) reached on an error.

Jackson came up again in the second inning with seniors Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.) and John Anagnost (Boulder, Colo.) on base on an error and a walk. Jackson's triple down the left-field line scored Berry and Anagnost for a 5-1 Bates lead.

Caltech stuck with starting pitcher Garrett Levine for eight innings, and the Bobcats reached him for three more runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Junior Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) led off the fifth with a single and a stolen base. Hyde walked and both men scored on junior Evan Czopek's (Portland, Ore.) ground-rule double to right-center field. Sophomore Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) brought Czopek home from third with a single to center.

Jackson doubled down the right-field line to lead off the sixth, reached third on a Warren groundout, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Pajka.

Bates plays at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tomorrow at 5:30 Eastern.
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Re: Bates: Baseball 2015

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:22 pm

Baseball pelts Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with 20 hits in 15-4 win

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Bates baseball team banged out 20 hits, including nine for extra bases, en route to a 15-4 win at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday, rising to 2-0 on the Bobcats' California trip.

The Bobcats were 15-31 with runners on base and 11-24 with runners in scoring position, led by a 4-6 performance from senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) in the victory. Pajka homered in the ninth inning, his second home run in as many games for Bates and the 12th of his career.

The Bobcats got on the board in the first inning when junior Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) tripled to right center field, and scored on a Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) ground out to second. Bates added another run in the second when Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) singled to right, stole second, and came home on an Eric Vilanova (Bridgeport, Conn.) double down the line.
After a three-run third inning, the Bobcats really put the lid on it with a five-run fifth inning. Warren walked and stole his second base of the game, later scoring on a Hyde double. Pajka followed with another single to move Hyde to third. Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) came up with a two-run double to left center field, scoring Pajka and first-year Reed Mszar (Manassas, Va.), who was pinch running for Hyde.

After a wild pitch, Czopek proceded to score on a first-year Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) double to left, who moved to third on a Berry single. Vilanova followed with another single, driving home MacDonald and giving the Bobcats a 10-1 advantage through five innings.

Lefty Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) threw the first two innings for the Bobcats and picked up the win, followed by Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.), who pitched the third and fourth frames. Matt Doyle (Northborough, Mass.) and Robert Jones (South Berwick, Maine) also made appearances on the mound, and Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.) tossed the final two frames.

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday at Pomona-Pitzer at 5:30pm Eastern.
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Re: Bates: Baseball 2015

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:23 pm

Bats stay hot for baseball team in California

CLAREMONT, Calif. The Bates baseball team has generated 30 runs on 38 hits through the first three games of winter break, but the Bobcats came up short Wednesday afternoon, falling to Pomona-Pitzer College 9-6. The team is hitting .325 through the first three games, with a .530 slugging percentage and 28 RBI's.

Junior Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) highlighted the 11-hit attack for Bates, going 4-5 with three doubles and a pair of RBI's. The 6'3 righty also pitched the first two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out three.

Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Bobcats answered in the top of the third frame with three runs. After two quick outs, Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) got things started with a single down the left field line. Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) chased home Reenstierna with a double to left field, and Warren followed with a double to score his teammate. After Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) was hit by a pitch, Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) continued his hot hitting, singling up the middle to give his team a two-run advantage.

The Bobcats carried the 3-1 score into the bottom of the sixth inning, when Pomona-Pitzer erupted for six runs on six hits to take the lead for good. Pomona-Pitzer's Simon Rosenbaum highlighted the inning with a two-run home run, and his team tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to stretch the lead to six.

Bates rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth, including doubles and RBI's from Warren and Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.), and singles from Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) and Reenstierna. Aside from Warren, Pajka and Reenstierna both registered multi-hit games for head coach Mike Leonard's team, while Jackson collected a pair of RBI's on one hit and a sacrifice fly.

Both Pajka and Warren are hitting .538 through the first three contests, going 7-15.

Senior left-hander Dillon Dresser (Falmouth, Maine) followed Warren on the mound with three shut out innings, allowing no hits while walking three. Senior Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) took the loss, giving up six runs on six hits, while Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) and first-year Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) each pitched an inning.

Bates (2-1) will take Thursday off before returning to action Friday afternoon against Whittier College.
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Re: Bates: Baseball 2015

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:23 pm

Berry’s three RBI’s not enough in game against Poets

WHITTIER, Cal. - Senior Sam Berry launched a two-run homer in the seventh inning to bring the Bobcats within a run, but it wasn't enough as the Bates baseball team fell 4-3 to Whittier College Friday afternoon. Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) was 2-4 with three RBI's, as Bates out-hit Whittier 8-7 in their fourth game of the young season.

Bates trailed 3-0 heading into the seventh, when sophomore Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) walked and Berry followed with a two run shot to put his team on the board. Sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) and senior Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) followed with back to back singles, but junior Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Bobcats tied the game in the top of the eighth as Berry singled to right, chasing home Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine), who had walked to open the inning. The Whittier Poets responded in their half of the eighth, however, when Whittier's Stephen Zavala walked, stole score, advanced to third on a sacrifice fly to center by Ben Carami and stole home for the go ahead and eventual winning run.

Senior righty Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) threw five innings for Bates, scattering three runs, two of them earned, on five hits while striking out four, facing two over the minimum. Lefty Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) took the loss, tossing two and two-thirds innings and giving up one run, while junior Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.) retired the final out in the eighth frame.

Designated hitter Rockwell Jackson and left fielder Ryan McCarthy each had multi-hit games for the Bobcats with two hits each.

Bates resumes play on Saturday with a double-header against Whittier before returning to the East Coast.
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Re: Bates: Baseball 2015

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:24 pm

Baseball sweeps Whittier in doubleheader

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Bates baseball team exacted revenge for Friday night's one run loss at Whittier, defeating the Poets in both ends of a doubleheader Saturday to cap a 4-2 West Coast trip. The Bobcats upended Whittier 12-3 in game one and held off a late rally in game two for a 7-5 victory.

Game One Recap - Bates 12, Whittier 3

Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) and Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) banged out four hits each, as six different players recorded multi-hit games in a 12-3 victory over Whittier. Left fielder John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) knocked in a team-leading three RBI's on the afternoon, while first-year Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) went five innings to pick up the win. Speed allowed three runs on three hits while striking out four. Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.), Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) and Andrew Freeman (Newton, Mass.) kept the Poets hitless, combining on four shutout innings to finish the game.

The Bobcats took the early lead again in this game, scoring in the first inning in all but two games on the week. Czopek and Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) created a little two-out lightning, when Czopek singled home Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas), who reached on an error. Fox followed with a double down the left field line to chase home Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine), who reached on a fielder's choice, giving Bates the 2-0 lead.

Bates added a single run in the second, before erupting for three runs in the top of the fifth. Dinnuci singled home Czopek, who began the inning with a single. Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) and Fox both scored when the Whittier shortstop mishandled a grounder off the bat of Jackson.

Game Two Recap - Bates 7, Whittier 5

The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead and survived a frantic three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to secure the 7-5 win over Whittier in game two. Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) demonstrated his power to both sides of the field, going 3-4 with a pair of home runs and two RBI's, while teammate Evan Czopek was 3-5 with three RBI's and a run scored. The Bobcats staked starter Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) to the early lead, and kept adding on to preserve the win.

Czopek picked up two of his game-high three RBI's in the first, scoring Rockwell Jackson, who singled to center to start the frame, and Pajka, who was hit by a pitch and scored from first base. Copeck advanced to third on a wild-pitch, later scoring on a Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) infield single.

Parka added to the lead in the second when he deposited a Hemington pitch over the right field fence to put the Bobcats up 4-0. The Poets responded in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs, but DiFranco shut them down for the next three innings, leaving the game with a 5-2 advantage. DiFranco allowed two runs, one of them earned, on six hits through five innings, striking out three and walking no one. The Bobcat pitching staff allowed only one base on balls for the game.

Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.) followed DiFranco on the mount, facing the minimum over three shutout innings, allowing 0 runs and 0 hits while striking out one.

Bates added single runs in the eighth and ninth inning; senior Mekae Hyde brought home Sam Berry on a sacrifice fly to left-field in the eighth, and Patjka padded the lead in the ninth when he went yard to left-center field, putting the Bobcats up 7-2 headed into the bottom of the ninth.

Robert Jones (South Berwick, Maine) started the ninth for the Bobcats, allowing three runs, two earned, in two-thirds of an inning. Matt Doyle (Northborough, Mass.) faced one batter, before Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) came in to pick up the final out and record the save.

Czopek ended the week with a team-leading five doubles and 10 RBI's, batting a team-high .522 in six games. Pajka led the Bobcats with four homers and a 1.000 slugging percentage on the week, hitting .423. The team scored 52 runs in six games and hit .332 with a .506 slugging percentage.

On the mound, 16 different pitchers took the ball for head coach Mike Leonard's team, with Rob DiFranco picking up two wins in three starts, tossing a team-high seven innings with a 1.29 ERA and six K's.

Baseball returns to game action on March 14 at Old Westbury with a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 am.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:47 am

Hot hitting continues in win over MIT

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Despite a three week lay-off, the Bates Baseball team picked up right where it left off, pounding out 15 hits and seven extra-base hits in a 16-8 victory over MIT Monday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.

Five different players recorded multi-hit games for the Bobcats (5-2), led by Senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.), who was 3-5 with two doubles, a pair of RBI's, and three runs scored. Sophomore Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) was 2-4 with three RBI's and two walks, while juniors Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) and Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) each had two hits and two RBI's. Senior Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) also had two knocks and three runs scored for Bates.

The Bobcats jumped on Engineers starting pitcher Nicholas Locascio for seven runs in the top half of the second. Reeinstierna laced a one out double to left center, chasing home Fox and Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass), who walked to start the inning, and advanced to third on the throw to the plate. Senior Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Tex) lifted a sacrifice fly to center, plating Reeinsteirna and giving Bates the 3-0 lead.

The frame continued with walks to Warren and Hyde that loaded the bases for Pajka, whose single to center brought home Warren. Junior Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) kept the inning alive on an error by the MIT third baseman, allowing Patjka and Hyde to score. Fox doubled to left-center, bringing home Czopek and giving Bates a 7-0 lead.

The Bobcats added a pair of runs in the fourth, when Czopeck ripped a double to center field to score Hyde, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Pajka, who reached on a free pass, scored one batter later on a wild pitch.

The Engineers added five runs in the fifth and six innings, cutting the lead to 9-6. The Bobcats answered with four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two run triple from Sam Warren, to put the game away.

Eight different pitchers toed the rubber for Bates, combining for nine strikeouts while issuing eight free passes. Senior Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) started the game and tossed two scoreless innings, while senior lefty Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) gave up one run in one inning of work to pick up the win.

The Bobcats next travel to Husson University for a single game on March 21 at noon.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:19 am

Salem State holds baseball to five hits in 6-1 road loss

SALEM, Mass. -- Salem State held the Bates baseball team to five hits over nine innings and scored five runs in the first two frames for a 6-1 non-conference victory on Tuesday.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 5-3 on the season and lifts the host Vikings to 5-5.

Bates senior captain Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) continued the hot start that has carried over from Bates' first six games in Florida a month ago and the Bobcats' last game, played eight days ago against MIT. The right fielder was 1-for-2 with the game's only extra-base hit, an RBI double, and also drew two walks.

Salem State's first five batters in the first inning reached base off of Bates first-year starter Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.), including RBI singles by the third and fourth hitters, Richard Fecteau and Jose Cedano. The Vikings then loaded the bases with a Ryan Beliveau single. Speed struck out Dan Connors and induced Tsonis George into a lineout, but Teghan Malionek drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to give Salem State the early 3-0 lead.

Salem State scored two more runs in the second. Davis scored an unearned run thanks to two Bates errors and a balk, then back-to-back singles by Beliveau and Dan Connors scored Cedano for a 5-0 Vikings advantage.

Bates got an unearned run of its own in the sixth. Junior Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) reached on a one-out error before stealing second base and reaching third on a single by senior Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine). Pajka drove in Warren with his sixth double of the season and 13th RBI, both team highs.

After the Vikings' early success, Bates pitching quieted their bats, allowing no hits from the third inning on and retiring 15 straight Salem State batters from the second inning into the sixth. First-year lefthander Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) threw three perfect innings with two strikeouts, followed by briefer scoreless outings for first-year righthander Robert Jones (South Berwick, Maine), senior lefthander Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) and senior righthander Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.).

Mike Richardson pitched four effective innings in relief to lift Salem State, allowing two hits and an unearned run to improve to 2-1 on the season. Starter Cato Lacroix went two shutout innings and gave way to Sean Buckland, who held Bates at bay for the third and fourth innings.

Pajka leads Bates in batting average (.455), on-base percentage (.513) and slugging percentage (1.000).

Bates' upcoming schedule has been rearranged. This weekend's scheduled home series against NESCAC rival Trinity has been postponed until May 1-2. Tomorrow's makeup game scheduled for tomorrow at Husson has been cancelled. Bates' next scheduled games are now Wednesday, April 1 at UMaine-Farmington (3pm) and Friday, April 3 at home against Bowdoin.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:12 am

Errors hurt baseball in 4-2 loss to Nichols in Haverhill, Mass.

HAVERHILL, Mass. -- Nichols College benefited from 12 free passes to first base, by walk or hit batter, en route to a 4-2 non-conference victory in its season opener over the Bates College baseball team on Sunday night at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill, Mass.

Highlights for the Bobcats (5-4) included an excellent four-inning start from junior righthander Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.). Colombo allowed no runs and struck out six Bison. First-year righthander Andrew Freeman (Newton, Mass.) also pitched a shutout inning of relief.

Senior outfielder Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) had two hits in the game. Senior Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.) hit an RBI double, and sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) also drove in a run.

Bates' recently scheduled game against Keene State Monday at Husson has been cancelled. The Bobcats are next tentatively scheduled to play UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 3pm at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.; however, that game may instead be played April 7 at Bates. Bates then has a three-game series vs. Bowdoin, starting Saturday, April 4 at Leahey Field.

This story will be updated with a box score on Monday.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:12 am

Baseball's comeback falls short in loss to Amherst

WORCETSER, Mass. - The Bates baseball team battled back from deficits on two different occasions, but ultimately fell to Amherst College, 10-9 Wednesday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.

Bates (5-5) had 11 hits and four errors, while Amherst (7-6) had 12 hits on the afternoon and commited four errors.

With the score knotted at nine, Amherst pinch hitter Anthony Spina reached on an error, stole second, and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Spina came home on a single up the middle from Andrew Vandini, scoring what would prove to be the game winning run off of Bates reliever Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.).

The Bobcats put the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, as sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) drew a walk off of Amherst closer Jackson Volle and moved to second on a fielder's choice. But Volle was able to strikeout junior Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) for the save.

Amherst scored in the top half of the first with a single from leadoff hitter Harry Roberson and a walk from Valdini off of Bates starter Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.). Following a double steal, Yanni Thanopoulis lifted a sacrifice fly to right to put the Lord Jeffs up 1-0.

Amherst added two runs in the third on a pair of home runs. Roberson started the frame with a shot to left field, and two batters later, Mike Odenwaelder hit the first of his two opposite field shots in the game.

The Jeffs threatened to add to the 3-0 lead in the top of the third, loading the bases with two outs on a pair of errors and a walk, but Ward induced an inning ending ground ball from Odenwaelder to end the threat and keep the Bobcats within striking distance.

The momentum shift was palpable coming in to the dugout, and Bates errupted for five runs in the bottom of the third, getting started with a one-out double to center field off the bat of Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.), that scored Czopek, who led off the inning with a single. Eric Vilanova knocked a ground ball up the middle that scored John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) who had also reached on a single to make it a 3-2 game.

Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) evened the score with a perfectly placed suicide squeeze up the first base line that left Amherst starting pitcher Riley Streit with no play. Two batters later Nate Pajka (Douglass, Mass.) hit a fielder's choice to the shortstop, but two more runs came home when the throw sailed out of play, giving Bates the 5-3 lead after four innings.

The Jeffs put up a five-spot in the top of the sixth to regain the lead, highlighted by a two-run single from Connor Gunn that scored Thanopoulos and Odenwalter and put Amherst on top, 8-5. Bates got two runs back on the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run on a Vilanova single to right that brought home Dinucci, and another when Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) drew a bases loaded walk to bring home Fox.

The Jeffs added a single tally in the eighth on Odenwaelder's second opposite field home run. The Bobcats tied things up in the bottom of the eighth. Pajka started the frame with a double off the left center field wall, and with two outs, Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) reached on an error that allowed Pajka to score. Berry swiped second and tied the game on a single from Fox.

Brendan Fox and Eric Vilanova both had multi-hit games, with Fox going 2-4 with a pair of RBI's and two runs scored. Vilanova was 2-5 with one run scored and two RBI's. Every other player in the lineup had one hit each for Bates. Mekae Hyde and Conor Reenstierna each also had an RBI for the Bobcats.

Chris Ward started the game on the hill for Bates scattering five hits and three earned runs while striking out four in four innings. Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.), Robert Jones (South Berwick, Maine), and Matt Doyle (Northboro, Mass.) each had a scoreless appearance on the mound for Bates.

Amherst was led by Roberson, who was 3-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Vandini, Odenwaelder, and Thanopoulos each had two hits and two RBI's for the Jeffs. Keenan Szulik picked up the win for Amherst and Jackson Volle got the save.

Bates is scheduled to return to action on April 4 at home against Bowdoin College with a 3:00 p.m. start.
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