Baseball 2015: Bates College

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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:09 am

Host Tufts sweeps doubleheader, wins series vs. baseball

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bates baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Tufts University Saturday afternoon in NESCAC East action, falling 5-0 in game one and 19-4 in the second game at Huskins Field.

The wins give Tufts (23-7, 7-4 NESCAC) the series victory over Bates (12-14, 4-2 NESCAC) as both teams head into the final week of regular season action. With the victory, the Jumbos earned their seventh NESCAC East Division pennant. The Bobcats are still alive for the second East Division berth for the NESCACs.

Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), who hit a pair of two-run home runs in the series opening victory for Bates (12-14, 4-4), added another two-run shot in game two, which accounted for half of the Bobcats offense on the day. Berry was 2-5 with three RBIs in game two, while Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) was 2-3. Berry has eight hits, nine RBIs and three home runs in the past six games, and is now batting .340 on the season.

John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) also turned in a multi-hit performance in game two, going 2-4 with a run scored. Tufts was led in game two by Will Glazier, who was 3-6 with eight RBIs and finished a home run shy of the cycle.

Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) took the loss for Bates in game one, while seven different pitchers took the mound for Bates in game two. Andrew David threw seven innings to net the win in game two for the Jumbos, allowing ten hits while striking out 11. The Jumbos took advantage of 11 walks from Bates pitchers while pounding out 14 hits.

The Bobcats return to action on April 28 when they host Bowdoin for the final game in the three game NESCAC East series at 3:30 in Lewiston, Maine.

Game one Tufts 5, Bates 0

Tufts scored two runs in the first and three in the second while pitchers Tom Ryan and Zach Brown combined for the seven inning shutout in defeating Bates 5-0 in game one.

The Bobcats slapped out five hits, including doubles from Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) and Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.), but left nine runners on base for the game. Bates starter Speed threw all six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out six.

The Jumbos put a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the first, with a pair of hits and stolen bases from Connor McDavitt and Cody McCallum. Both runners scored on a single to center from Bryan Egan to give Tufts a 2-0 lead. Speed struck out Matt Moser and picked Egan off of second to end the inning.

Tufts added three runs on three hits in the second, with two of those runs scoring on a single up the middle from Nick Barker. With two runners on, McCallum was hit by a Connor Speed pitch to load the bases, and O'Hara was also hit by a pitch to bring home Barker and give Tufts the 5-0 lead.

After the hit batters, Speed induced an inning ending double play from Egan to end the inning, and the right-hander settled into a rhythm, allowing only one hit over the final five innings.

The Bobcats looked as though they might answer in the top of the second when Fox doubled down the right field line to start the inning and Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice. But Tufts pitcher Ryan retired the next three batters, notching a pair of strikeouts, to keep Bates off the board.

Bates put two runners on in the top of the seventh, starting with a McCarthy double and pinch hitter Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to put two on with nobody out. But Tufts pitcher Brown got the next two batters to fly out, and struck out Berry to end the game.

Tufts was led in game one by McDavitt, who had the lone mulit-hit game for the Jumbos, going 3-3. Bryan Egan was 1-3 with two RBIs.

Game two, Tufts 17, Bates 2 (6 innings)

Once again, Tufts got to Bates starting pitching early, tagging Bobcat pitchers Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) and Sam Warren (Norfolk, Va.) for 11 runs, eight earned, in the first two innings of game two. Levangie took the loss for Bates.

The Jumbos scored six runs on two hits and an error in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of four walks and a hit batter to plate the early runs. Will Glazier had the big hit in the inning for Tufts, a bases-loaded double to center field that cleared the bases.

Glazier followed that at bat with the big hit in Tufts five-run second, as the catcher tripled to center to plate two runs, one of four hits for Tufts in the inning. Glazier finished a home run shy of the cycle in game two.

Tufts added four more runs in the fifth, but the Bobcats scored the first runs of the day off of Tufts starter Andrew David in the sixth inning. McCarthy reached on an error and Berry brought him one with a one out home run to make it 15-2.

Bates added tow runs in the seventh on five hits, all off of the starter David, who remained in the game. Fox, Dinucci and Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) all singled to load the bases for McCarthy, whose single to right field brought home Fox. David struck out pinch hitter Reed Mszar (Manassas, Va.), but Berry followed with a single to right that brought home the fourth run of the game for Bates. But David rallied to strike out Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) and got Canavan to foul out to end the inning.

Hyde finished 2-3 with a pair of doubles and Dinucci was 2-4 with a run scored.

David threw seven innings for Tufts, allowing four runs on ten hits while striking out 11. Speros Varinos and Rory Ziomek each threw an inning for the Jumbos. For Bates, middle reliever Mark Cunnihnham had the longest outing of the day, throwing two and a third shut-out innings.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:17 am

Walks cost baseball and Bowdoin takes 2 out of 3 with 15-4 win

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin College combined the starting pitching of Henry Van Zant with 12 hits and 10 bases on balls to defeat the Bates College baseball team 15-4 in a NESCAC East Division game Tuesday at Leahey Field, to win two out of three in the rivals' three-game series.

The Polar Bears rose to 14-17 overall and finished their league slate with a 6-6 record.

One NESCAC East series remains on the schedule, with Trinity (14-15, 4-5 NESCAC East) visiting Bates (12-16, 4-5) for one game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday. With Tufts already assured first place in the final NESCAC East standings, either the Bantams or Bobcats can finish in second place and earn the final berth in the NESCAC Baseball Championship tournament; Bates would need a series sweep, while Trinity, which owns a tiebreaker against Bowdoin, needs to win two of three. Otherwise Bowdoin will claim second.

Bowdoin mounted a two-out, three-run rally to start the game. Bates starting righthander Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) walked Aaron Rosen and hit Chad Martin to start the rally, and Cole DiRoberto drove them both home with a single down the right-field line. DiFranco gave up a walk to Peter Cimini, and DiRoberto came home on a wild pitch.

The Bobcats got two back in the bottom of the first. Senior Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) hit a one-out single to center, and senior Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.) followed with a double against the left-field fence. Senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) then wristed a single into shallow right to score both runners.

Bowdoin added three unearned runs in the second to take a 6-2 lead. Sean Mullaney led off with a walk, and both Chris Cameron and Erik Jacobsen reached on errors before scoring. Rosen hit an RBI single and Martin drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning.

Bates loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third, on hits by Jackson and Berry and sophomore Ryan McCarthy's (Plaistow, N.H.) leadoff hit-by-pitch. Senior Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) hit a potential double-play ball that was mishandled by Rosen at second base, allowing McCarthy and Jackson to score. Van Zant averted further damage, however, as the Polar Bears threw out both Berry and Hyde at home plate on ground balls, and sophomore John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Bates senior righthander Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) allowed Bowdoin to load the bases with two outs in the third, but he too escaped further damage when Nadeau's deep fly ball toward the left-field foul pole was tracked down by Dinucci.

Maliska got through the fourth inning unscathed but found trouble in the fifth. Cameron and Rosen walked and Chad Martin followed with a two-out, three-run home run to left center, giving Bowdoin a 9-4 lead.

The Polar Bears opened up a 12-4 advantage with three more runs in the sixth off of Bates junior righthander Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.), fueled by Cameron's RBI double down the right-field line, which was immediately followed by Jacobsen's two-run double down the left-field line.

DiRoberto and Sam Canales both had run-scoring singles in the ninth inning as the Polar Bears notched their fifth three-run inning of the game.

Van Zant rose to 7-1 on the season, going eight full innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts.

DiRoberto was 3-for-6 with three RBIs, and Martin drove in four runs to lead Bowdoin's 12-hit attack. The major difference in the game was pitcher control: Bates had nine hits but earned only one base on balls, while the Polar Bears received 10 free passes from Bates' four pitchers.

Four seniors had two hits apiece for the Bobcats, in Jackson, Berry, Pajka and Parker.

Bates plays a non-conference game at Southern Maine on Wednesday at 4pm.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:38 am

Huskies defeat visiting baseball in non-conference action, 8-4

GORHAM, Maine -- Sam Dexter drove in three runs and scored two as the University of Southern Maine defeated visiting Bates, 8-4, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.

The win was the sixth in the last seven games for the Huskies, who improved to 24-10 on the season. The Bobcats dropped their fourth straight game to slip to 12-17.

Dexter broke up a scoreless game with a two-run shot over the left-center field fence in the third inning to stake the Huskies to a 2-0 lead. The home run was the sixth of the season for Dexter. Dexter also scored a run in the fifth inning, and drove in a run in the seventh inning with a ground ball.

Nick DiBiase had a triple and single, Matt Bender stroked a double and a single, and Dylan Morris had two singles for the Huskies.

Sophomore right-hander Nick George earned his fourth win of the season without a loss pitching six innings. George gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three. Three relievers combined to hurl three scoreless innings.

Sophomore John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) had a double and single to pace the Bobcats' nine-hit attack. Senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) and rookie Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) had two hits apiece.

Junior Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.) started on the hill for Bates and took the loss. Ward went the first four innings, allowing five runs on six hits. He also hit two batters and struck out one.

After Dexter's home run in the third, the Huskies added three runs to their lead in the fourth inning. Ward hit the first two batters he faced, and Thomas Zarro beat out his sacrifice bunt attempt for a single to load the bases. Anthony Capuano brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly. Morris delivered the second run with a single. Zarro scored the third run on a fielder's choice as Morris was thrown out at second on a double steal attempt.

Bates got on the board in the fifth, as Dinucci singled and took second on an outfield error. He scored on Pajka's two-out single to right field.

Dexter scored in the home half of the inning on a ground out by Paul McDonough.

The Bobcats made things interesting in the sixth inning, scoring three times. Junior Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) drove in the first marker with a single inside third base. Senior Alex Parker (Lewiston, Maine) squeezed home the second run, and Shapiro crossed the plate on an infield error for the third run.

The Huskies padded their lead with a pair of the insurance runs in the seventh, as DiBiase tripled home Jake Welch, who had reached on an error. DiBiase came home on Dexter's ground out.

Bates senior lefthander Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) allowed three runs in three innings of relief; first-year righthander Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Bates begins a three-game home series with NESCAC rival Trinity College with a single game on Friday at 3pm. Bates needs to sweep the series in order to finish in second place in the NESCAC East and earn a conference playoff berth. Trinity can advance by winning two of three.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 9:14 am

Baseball holds off late rally to defeat Trinity, 6-4

LEWISTON, Maine - Nate Pajka hit a grand slam and Connor Colombo pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to help the Bates baseball team defeat Trinity College, 6-4 in the first game of a three-game NESCAC East series Friday afternoon at Leahey Field.

With the win, Bates (13-17, 5-5 NESCAC) remains in the hunt for the second NESCAC East playoff spot, needing to sweep Saturday's twin bill with Trinity to advance. If the Bantams (14-17, 5-7 NESCAC) win both games, Trinity will get the playoff nod, and if the two teams split Saturday's games, Bowdoin College will join NESCAC East winner Tufts in post-season play.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 3:28 am

Baseball sweeps Trinity to claim NESCAC playoff berth

LEWISTON, Maine - The Bates baseball team used strong pitching and timely hitting to sweep Trinity College Saturday afternoon, securing a spot in the NESCAC Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Bobcats walked off in game one, winning 3-2 in nine innings, and won game two, 3-0 in seven innings, completing the three-game series sweep of the Bantams (14-18, 4-8).

The Bobcats will take on Wesleyan University, the top seed out of the NESCAC West division, on Friday, May 8 at Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. and that game will be followed by NESCAC East top seed Tufts University taking on Amherst College. All three days of tournament play will take place in Nashua.

Bates (14-17, 6-5 NESCAC) received outstanding performances from a handful of seniors on senior day. Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) had three hits in game one and drove in the game winning RBI, a walk-off hit through the right side in the bottom of the ninth that scored Ryan McCarthy (Plaistown, N.H.). In game two, fellow senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) hit a first-inning home run for the second day in a row, and Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) threw a complete- game three-hit shutout to send the Bobcats into the postseason for the second straight year.

Levangie tossed a gem in game two, striking out nine batters and issuing no walks in seven innings. Bates pitchers did not issue a walk in either game and combined for 17 strikeouts.

In game one, Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) threw eight innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out seven. Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.) threw a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second win of the season.

The Bantams received solid pitching from starter Sean Meekins in game one, who tossed five and two thirds innings, allowing two runs while striking out six. Sam Jordan threw the final three frames for Trinity and took the loss. Nicholas Fusco threw game two and allowed three runs on six hits while striking out two.

Game 1: Bates 3, Trinity 2 (9 innings)

Sam Berry collected three hits, but it was his sharp single in the bottom of the ninth that gave the Bobcats the second win of the series and kept the playoff hopes alive. McCarthy drew a walk off of Trinity reliever Jordan and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.). Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) was intentionally walked, and both runners moved over on a ground-out to second from Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Tex.), setting up Berry's walk-off single.

Trinity starter Sean Meekins held the Bobcats scoreless through the first five innings and the Bantams carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the sixth. Trinity scored the first run in the top of the third, when Scott Cullinane doubled to start the inning and eventually scored on a ground out by Matthew Toth. The Bantams added a second run in the sixth inning on an error from Bates.

In the bottom of the sixth, Warren laced a one-out single through the middle and Jackson followed with a single. After inducing a ground ball from Berry, Meekins issued a walk to Pajka to load the bases for Bates, and Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) drew another walk to give the Bobcats their first run of the game. Bates tied the game when a shot off the bat of pinch hitter Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) was mishandled by the Trinity third baseman.

The Bantams threatened to tie in the top of the seventh, as Cullinane and Nick Pezzella recorded back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position. But Speed responded by striking out pinch hitter Matt Mortimer and Evan Abraham to end the threat and keep the game tied.

Cullinane led the Bantams on offense, going 3-3 with a run scored and Connor Sullivan was 2-3. For Bates, Berry was 3-5 with an RBI while John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) and Jackson also had a hit.

Game 2: Bates 3, Trinity 0 (7 innings)

Berry recorded his fourth hit of the day with two outs in the home half of the first inning and Pajka followed with a towering shot to left center field to give starter Levangie the early 2-0 lead. Trinity starter Fusco kept the Bobcats scoreless for the next three innings.

The Bobcats looked to add to that lead on the bottom of the fourth, as Pajka singled to start the frame and Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) added a one-out single to put two on with one out. McCarthy was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Trinity starter Fusco got Fox to fly out the center to keep the Bantams within two.

Bates added the third and final run of the day in the bottom of the fifth, as Warren walked to start the inning Eric Vilanova (Bridgeport, Conn.) came in to pinch run. Jackson singled up to middle, moving Vilanova to third, and Berry grounded into a double play that allowed Vilanova to score and give Bates the 3-0 advantage.

Tyler Forgione, Bryan Wolfe and Adam Moossmann each had a hit for Trinity, while Pajka led the way for Bates in game two with two hits and two RBIs.

With the win for Bates, Levangie improved to 2-2 on the season and becomes the second Bobcat pitcher to throw a complete game this season.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed May 06, 2015 6:18 am

Baseball splits with Saint Joseph’s in season finale

STANDISH, Maine - Nate Pajka hit a pair of home runs, one in each game Tuesday night as the Bates baseball team wrapped up regular season play with a doubleheader split against Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in non-conference action. Bates lost the first game, 8-7 and battled back to win the second game in 13 innings, 5-4.

Bates (16-18) carried a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh in game one, but the Monks (26-16) put up a three-spot in the home half of the inning for the walk-off victory. In game two, Pajka's (Douglas, Mass.) two-run blast in the seventh gave the Bobcats a 4-3 lead, but the Monks came back to tie in the seventh and the two team's traded zeros until Bates pitcher Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.) grounded out to second with the bases loaded to put Bates ahead. Ward shut out the Monks in the bottom of the 13th to record the win.

Bates returns to action on Friday afternoon when they travel to Nashua, New Hampshire for the NESCAC Baseball Championships. The Bobcats will face off against NESCAC West champion Wesleyan at 3:00 p.m.

Game one, Saint Joseph's 8, Bates 7

Saint Joseph's scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with win the game one.

Trailing 3-0 in the top of the third, Bates took advantage of timely hitting and some wildness from Saint Joseph's starter Matt Wojciak. Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) led off with a bunt single, Eric Vilanova (Bridgeport, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) reached on an infield hit to load the bases. The Bobcats scored their first run when a ball off the bat of Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) was misplayed, and scored a second run on a fielder's choice by Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine). Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) lofted a sacrifice fly to center that tied the game.

Bates took a 6-3 lead the following inning on Pajka's first home run of the day, a three-run shot off of reliever Steven Albert. The Bobcats added a single tally in the fifth courtesy of an Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) RBI single to right. The Monks added two runs in the bottom of the fifth, before rallying for three runs on one hit and three free passes from Bates pitchers in the seventh.

Czopek was the lone Bobcat with multiple hits, going 2-3 with a run scored, while Pajka knocked in three runs. Three different pitchers took the hill for Bates, with Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) getting the start and throwing four innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out one. Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.) threw the final two innings, giving up three runs on only one hit while issuing three free passes. Corey McNamara got the win for the Monks.

Game two, Bates 5, Saint Joseph's 4 (13 innings)

Chris Ward grounded out to second base with the bases loaded to drive home John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.), with what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the 13th inning in the night cap. The Bobcats used four different pitchers in the game, with Ward throwing the final two innings to pick up the win.

The Bobcats took the lead in the seventh on a two-run home run from Pajka, a one-out blast to right field that put his team on top 4-3, but Saint Joseph's tied things up in the bottom of the seventh and the two teams traded zeros over the next five innings in what settled into a battle of the bullpens.

Dillon Dresser (Falmouth, Maine) started the game for Bates, going four innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) followed with three innings of relief, giving up one run on there hits. Andrew Freeman (Newton, Mass.) and Ward combined for the final five shut out innings for the Bobcats.

With the game tied at one in the bottom of the third, the Monks strung together three two-out hits off of Bobcat starter Dresser. Taylor Reuillard got things started with a single and came around to score on a double by Joe Coyne. Brett Barbati followed with a single to center that scored Coyne and gave Saint Joseph's a 3-1 lead.

That lead would stand until the top of the seventh when the Bobcats scored three runs on five hits off of St. Joe's reliever Corey McNamara. McCarthy ripped a one-out double to left, and Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Tex.) followed with an RBI single up the middle. Pajka put the Bobcats ahead with his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to right field to put Bates in front 4-3. St. Joe's got the run right back in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double from Reulliard.

Bates out-hit the Monks 14-12, led by two-hit games from McCarthy, Jackson, and Pajka. Jackson and Pajka each drove in two runs for the Bobcats. The Monks were led by Reullard, who went 4-6 in the nightcap with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 10, 2015 6:18 am

Baseball falls to Wesleyan, 4-2 on day one of NESCAC Championship

NASHUA, N.H. -- The Bates baseball team brought the tying run to first base in the top half of the ninth, but were unable to break through as the Bobcats fell to Wesleyan University, 4-2 on day one of the NESCAC Championship Friday afternoon at Holman Stadium.

The Bobcats (16-19), who swept Trinity College last weekend to claim the NESCAC East Division's No. 2 seed, had opportunities to knock off the Cardinals (26-8), the NESCAC West Division's No. 1 seed, but left seven runners on base in the final three frames in the loss.

Bates will play the tournament's first elimination game on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against NESCAC East No. 1 seed Tufts, the 5-2 loser of Friday night's contest between the Jumbos and NESCAC West No. 2 seed Amherst.

Junior righthander Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.) got the start for Bates, and after surrendering four runs, three earned, in the first three innings, put up zeros over the next four frames to keep the Bobcats within striking distance.

Wesleyan starter Nick Cooney limited Bates to only one baserunner, a second inning walk to Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.), the first time through the line up; but Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Tex.) notched a leadoff single to right in the fourth for the first Bobcat hit of the game.

Bates went down in order in the fifth and sixth, but took advantage of some wildness from Cardinal pitching to get on the board in the seventh. Reeinstierna, Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) and Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) drew consecutive walks from Cooney to load the bases with one out, forcing Wesleyan to make a pitching change. Reliever Sam Elias came in and hit Bates center fielder Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) with a 1-2 pitch to give Bates the first run of the game and leave the bases loaded with one out.

Elias then got Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) to fly out to shallow right field to keep the bases loaded. Bobcat left fielder Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) came through with a clutch single to left that promised to score two runs, but Wesleyan left fielder Marco Baratta made a spectacular throw to second base that picked off McCarthy, who made the turn towards third. The out was recorded before the second runner scored on the hit, leaving the Bobcats trailing by two, 4-2 at the end of seven innings.

The Bobcats mounted another threat in the eighth against Elias, as Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) launched a two-out double to center field to get things started. Reeinstierna was hit by a pitch and Hyde reached on an error to load the bases once again. Czopek ripped a hot shot down the right field line, but Wesleyan first baseman Sam Goodwin-Boyd made an outstanding diving stop to retire Czopek and end the inning.

The Cardinals had the potential for big innings early on, but both times Colombo was able to stifle the Wesleyan offense. In the bottom of the first, Wesleyan notched back-to-back singles to start the inning, putting runners on first and third with no one out, but Colombo got the next three batters to fly out to limit the damage to one run.

In the second, the Cardinals once again put runners on the corners with no one out, but Colombo got Ben Hoynes to ground in to the 6-4-3 double play, giving up a run and clearing the bases before getting Ellis Schaefer to ground out to end the inning. Wesleyan scored the final two runs in the third, courtesy of some timely hitting and lone Bates' error of the game.

Warren and Jackson each recorded multi-hit games for Bates, while Reenstierna reached base three times and scored one run, and Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) threw a scoreless eighth inning for Bates. The Cardinals were led by Andrew Yin, Donnie Cimino, and Jonathan Dennett, who each had two hits. Dennett also had a pair of RBIs for the Cardinals. Wesleyan pitcher Cooney allowed two runs on one hit while striking out seven and walking five to win his eighth game of the year, and Elias notched save number four.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 10, 2015 6:26 am

Baseball comeback falls short in 6-5 loss to Amherst in day two of NESCAC Championships

NASHUA, N.H. - The Bates baseball team's season came to a close Saturday evening with a 6-5 loss to Amherst College in the final elimination game on day two of the NESCAC Championships at Holman Stadium. With the win, Amherst (25-12) earns the opportunity to avenge Saturday's earlier tournament loss to undefeated Wesleyan. If Wesleyan wins the 10:00 a.m. game, the Cardinals will repeat as NESCAC Champions. A win by Amherst would force another game immediately following the first.

Bates (17-20) advanced to the Saturday evening game by knocking Tufts out of Saturday morning's elimination game, 8-7.

Amherst scored all six runs in the first four innings off of starter Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.), before being shut down over the final five frames by Bobcat right hander Chris Ward (Padadena, Calif.), who allowed only one hit in five innings while striking out seven. A three-run home run by Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), in the fourth inning chased Amherst starter Jackson Volle from the game. Sam Schneider tossed a perfect two and a third innings to pick up the win for the Jeffs, while Riley Street allowed one hit in three scoreless innings to notch his second save of the season.

Amherst scored two quick runs in the top of the first, but Bates wasted little time in getting on the board in the home half of inning, thanks to hustle and timely hitting. Bobcat center fielder Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) hit what looked to be a single to center field, but never stopped running when he rounded first base, sliding into second with the one-out hustle double. The aggressiveness paid off, as McCarthy came home on a Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Tex.) single up the middle to put the Bobcats on the board, trailing 2-1.

Both teams traded zeros in the second, but the Jeffs tapped Levangie for three more runs in the top of the third. Harry Roberson singled and stole his second base of the game. Mike Odewaelder reached on a error and Yanni Thanopoulos singled through the left side to score Roberson. Levangie got Connor Gunn to ground out to first, but Anthony Spina came through with a two run single to center to make it 5-1, Amherst. Bates catcher Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) shut down the inning with a bullseye throw to second to catch Gunn stealing.

Bates got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third on Jackson's second RBI of the game, but Amherst starter Volle shut down a potential big inning when he got Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) to ground in to the double play and retired Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.), as Bates left two runners on base in the inning and six runners on the base in the first three innings.

The Bobcats looked as though that trend might continue in the bottom of the fourth, as Hyde and McCarthy sandwiched a pair of singles around two outs, bringing Berry to the plate with two on and two out. And in a repeat of the early game with Tufts, Berry hit a carbon copy shot over the left center fence for his second three-run homer in two games, forcing Amherst to go the bullpen. Sam Schneider came in to relieve Volle and got Conor Reenstierna to ground out to third to end the inning.

From that point forward, it was a battle of the bull pens, with Schneider and Ward taking turns retiring side in order. Amherst got a runner as far as second in the sixth inning on a lead off double from Sina, but Ward retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Bates out-hit the Jeffs for the day, 12-9, led by three-hit games from McCarthy, who was 3-5 with two runs scored, and Jackson, who was 3-2 with two RBIs. Jackson had a team-high seven hits in the three tournament games. Berry also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with three RBIs. Roberson, Thanopoulos, and Spina each recorded two-hit games for Amherst.
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