Baseball 2015: Bates College

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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:12 am

Monks Thump Bobcats, 14-3

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (13-6, 6-0 GNAC) toppled Bates College (6-7, 1-1 NESCAC), 14-3, in a non-conference baseball game at Larry Mahaney Diamond on Monday afternoon. Sophomore shortstop Max McCoomb (South Berwick, Maine) went 3-5 with three runs, a double and two RBI in the lopsided triumph.

Saint Joseph's put the Bobcats away early, as the Royal Blue scored nine runs off five hits and three Bates errors in the top of the second. The Monks batted around in the big inning and McCoomb accounted for three runs, as the second-year standout had two hits and scored twice with an RBI during the second frame. St. Joe's tacked on single runs in the fourth and eighth frames and put three on the board in the fifth in the convincing victory.

Today's contest was originally scheduled to take place at Leahey Field in Lewiston, but the Bobcats' home diamond was not quite ready, so the coaches agreed upon a change in venue. As a result, the Monks played as the away team at Mahaney Diamond for the third time this spring.

For the Monks, sophomore first baseman Brett Barbati (Melrose, Mass.) was 3-5 with a run and two RBI, sophomore right fielder Scott Betts (Peabody, Mass.) went 2-4 with a run, a triple and a pair of RBI, sophomores Taylor Black (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) and Dan Donovan (Lynn, Mass.) both went 2-5 with two runs and an RBI, and senior third baseman Lincoln Sanborn (Standish, Maine) added two hits, a run and an RBI in five at bats. Senior catcher Joe Coyne (Duxbury, Mass.) belted his first home run of the season and added two runs and three RBI in what was the Monks' seventh-consecutive victory.

Saint Joseph's employed five different pitchers on the afternoon, with sophomore Thomas Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) earning the start, going four innings while allowing a run off one hit and four walks with five strikeouts before giving way to the SJC bullpen. Freshman Philip LeVangie (Hanover, Mass.) allowed two runs off two hits with a strikeout and sophomore Matt Wojciak (Merrimack, N.H.) picked up his first collegiate victory after tossing two innings of one hit ball with a pair of walks and four K's. Sophomore Ben Coleman (Williamstown, Mass.) and freshman Patrick Martin (Wilton, N.H.) combined to throw two perfect innings with a strikeout apiece versus the Bobcats.

Bates registered just four hits in the loss, but one landed over the left field fence as sophomore center fielder Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) launched his first collegiate home run, a solo shot, in the fifth inning.

With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 31-13 all-time versus Bates College. Prior to today, the Monks had not scored as many as 14 runs against the Bobcats since 2009 and the 11-run winning margin is the largest versus the in-state rival since St. Joe's defeated Bates, 19-1, during the 1995 campaign.

Saint Joseph's is scheduled to play another NESCAC opponent, Bowdoin College, in Brunswick on Thursday at 4:15 PM. Bates hosts Maine-Farmington tomorrow at 3:30 PM.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:15 am

Colombo strikes out eight in baseball win over Colby

LEWISTON, Maine - Solid pitching and fundamental baseball helped the Bates baseball team upend Colby College 8-5 Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action at Leahey Field. The Bobcats were the visiting team in the contest, as the game was originally to be played at Colby on Friday, but the field was not yet ready.

Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass) picked up the win for the Bobcats (7-8, 2-1 NESCAC), striking out eight and walking only one in six and two thirds, at one point retiring nine straight batters. Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) tossed the final two and a third innings, shutting out Colby (11-5, 2-2 NESCAC) and striking out a pair to pick up the save.

Scott Goldberg took the loss for Colby, striking out six and scattering six runs on six hits over six and two thirds on the mound for the Mules. Offensively, Colby was led by Soren Hanson who picked up three RBI's on a three run homer in the third.

Bates jumped out to the early lead in the top of the first with a little two-out lightning. Ryan McCarthy (Plaistown, N.H.) worked a lead off walk, and scored from first base on a Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) double to right center. Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) followed with a single, bringing Berry home. Hyde was thrown out trying to take second on the throw.

Colby got to Colombo for four runs in the bottom of the third. Andrew Currier led off with a single to center field, and moved to second on the sacrifice bunt from Tyler Starks. Colombo got Ryder Arsenault to strike out, but Tommy Forese singled to left field to bring home Currier and cut the Bobcat lead in half, 2-1.

Jason Buco continued the inning with a single through the left side, and with two on and two out Soren Hanson launched a shot to left center field to stake Colby to a 4-2 lead after three innings. Bates got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth using text book baseball. Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) doubled to left field to start the frame, and Sam Berry did his job, grounding out to the right side of the field to move Pajka to third. Hyde lofted a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to score Pajka and pull Bates within one.

After a shutdown inning from Colombo, the Bobcats tied the game in the top of the fifth when Ryan McCarthy singled to center, bringing home Berto Diaz (Carson, Calif.) who started the frame with a walk. Bates took the lead in the top of seven, scoring two runs on three hits, including RBI singles from Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) and Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas).

Colby picked up an unearned run in the seventh, but the Bobcats added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth, the first on a clutch pinch-hit single from Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) that scored John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.). Sam Berry drove in the game's final run on a double to left field.

Sam Berry and John Dinucci each had two-hit games for Bates, with Berry also driving in a pair of runs. Mekae Hyde was 1-3 with two RBI's. Colby's Tommy Forese had the lone multi-hit game for the Mules, going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The two teams face off against each other again on April 12, with a double-header beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Leahey Field in Lewiston, Maine.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:46 am

Baseball takes second game of twinbill 17-0 to win Colby series

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team defeated Colby College 17-0 in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Leahey Field, to earn a split for the day and take two out of three games in the teams' NESCAC East Division series.

Colby won 5-2 in the first game of the day, as Mules ace Soren Hanson scattered eight hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings to move to 3-0. Hanson recorded seven strikeouts.

Bates rose to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in NESCAC East play with the Game 2 win. Colby dipped to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the division.

Due to final exams this week, the Bobcats will return to action on Saturday, April 18 at 1pm for a home doubleheader against Endicott.

Game 2 Recap

Bates scored four runs in the first inning off of Colby starter Greg Ladd (3-3) and went on to score multiple runs in the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings in the Game 2 rout.

Senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) was 3-for-4 in Game 2 with three doubles and five runs scored, leading Bates' 16-hit attack. Pajka was hit by Colby pitching twice in the game, as were sophomores Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) and Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.). Canavan and junior Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) drove in five runs apiece, while seniors Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.) and Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) both had three hits in the game. Berry scored four runs.

Senior righthander Will Levangie (1-1) threw seven shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season. Levangie allowed the Mules two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Juniors Mark Cunningham (Canton, Mass.) and Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.) pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, combining with Levangie (Frederick, Md.) on a two-hitter.

Game 1 Recap

Hanson and Bates first-year righthander Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) traded zeroes for the first three innings, with Speed allowing fewer baserunners (three) than Hanson (five). But Speed hit Nils Carlson to lead off the fourth, and the Mules designated hitter scored the game's first run with the benefit of a Tim Corey single and a Zach Ellenthal double. Ellenthal was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple, and Speed avoided further trouble by inducing a groundout.

In the bottom of the inning, Berry and Brendan Fox each singled and John Dinucci walked to load the bases, and Bates tied the game at 1-1 when Reenstierna drew a walk. Hanson struck out McCarthy to end the threat.

Colby's Tyler Starks and Ryder Arsenault both reached on Bates errors to lead off the fifth, and both scored for a 3-1 lead, with an RBI single by Tommy Forese and a run-scoring fielder's choice. Bates senior righthander Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.), who had come on for Speed (1-2), ended the inning with a pickoff and a strikeout.

Colby extended its lead in the sixth as Dan Csaplar singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Ellenthal's single and second RBI of the game. In the seventh, the Mules made it 5-1 as Forese was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on Jason Buco's single up the middle.

Bates got back a run in the bottom of the seventh. McCarthy struck out but reached base safely on a passed ball. McCarthy reached third base on Jackson's double to right center, then scored on a wild pitch by Forese, who had come on in relief of Hanson.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:58 am

Four Hour Battle Ends In Close Loss for Baseball

STANDISH, Maine – The St. Joseph's College baseball team used a four-run sixth-inning to overcome Bowdoin in a four-hour epic on Monday night, 13-12.

The Polar Bears drop to 8-13 on the season as Saint Joseph's improves to 18-10. Bowdoin played as the home team after the game was moved to Standish due to unplayable field conditions in Brunswick. The two teams combined for 32 hits and seven errors in the nine-inning game.

Logan Simon started on the mound for Bowdoin going 3.1 innings while giving up seven runs with five strikeouts. On the opposite side, Steven Albert got the nod for the Monks and went three inning with one walk and three Ks. Each starter gave up one homerun. Josh Partridge earned the save for Saint Joseph's escaping the ninth inning with runners on the corners.

At the plate Peter Cimini led the Bowdoin offense with three hits, runs, and RBI. The center fielder also notched a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first. Cole DiRoberto, Chad Martin, Buddy Shea, and Sam Canales all tallied doubles on the day against the Monks. DiRoberto, Martin, and Shea were joined by Erik Jacobsen, Sean Mullaney, and Aaron Rosen with two RBI a piece. Rosen also had a stolen base.

The Monks put five runs on the board in the top of the first, answered by the solo shot from Cimini in the bottom half. Each team put up two more in the second before playing a shutout third. The Polar Bears took the lead in the fourth inning with a six run outpouring, only to have the Monks answer with six total runs in the following two innings. Bowdoin got three runs back, pulling within one, in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings but were unable to even the score.

Bowdoin plays again tomorrow in a doubleheader at Husson beginning at 5:00 pm.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:41 am

Endicott wins first game of doubleheader vs. baseball; second game rained out

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates baseball team led Endicott College 5-3 going into the sixth inning, before the Gulls erupted for 19 runs in the final four innings in a 22-8 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Leahey Field. The teams' scheduled doubleheader was cut short in the second inning of the second game due to lightning and rain.

The visiting Gulls, ranked fifth in New England Division III by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association, rose to 18-11 with the win. Luke Morse (3-2) earned the victory despite allowing five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings on six hits and three walks. Zac Poland allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks over the final 3 1/3 innings, to pick up his first save of the season.

Endicott collected 22 hits, including 12 in the last two innings as the Gulls plated seven runs in the eighth and six more in the ninth. The Gulls took advantage of six walks allowed, three hit batsmen and a season-high seven errors committed by the Bobcats (8-10).

Endicott got on the board in the top of the first when Matthew Paola scored on Harry Oringer's single through the right side, off of Bates first-year righthander Connor Speed (Cumberland, Maine; 1-3).

But Bates scored three in the bottom of the inning. Senior Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) doubled down the right-field line to score seniors Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.) and Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.), and then came home on junior Samuel Warren's (Norfolk, Va.) single up the middle.

The Gulls tied the game at 3-3 with two unearned runs in the fourth. Anthony Serina scored when Josh Drew reached on a fielding error by junior second baseman Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.), and Drew came home on Dan Zabbo's single to right.

Bates retook the lead with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Warren and Reenstierna scored from third and second base, respectively, on sophomore Ryan McCarthy's (Plaistow, N.H.) single to left.

The figurative wheels came off for Bates in the sixth, as Endicott scored six runs on three hits and three Bates errors. Nicholas De Lotto was hit by a pitch to lead off, on a call disputed by Bates head coach Mike Leonard. Serina followed with a double down the left-field line -- another disputed call by Leonard, who argued the ball landed in foul ground. A wild pitch by Speed and a fielding error by Jackson at first pulled the Gulls into a 5-5 tie, and Speed was lifted in favor of junior righthander Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.), with no outs yet recorded. Cody Hall's sacrifice bunt advaned Drew to second, before Zabbo walked and Michael DeDonato hit an infield single to load the bases.

Paola then singled to right to give the Gulls the lead for good at 6-5. Oringer was hit by a pitch to make it 7-5, keeping the bases loaded. Mike Kochiss's grounder to first was fielded cleanly by Jackson, but senior catcher Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) muffed Jackson's throw to home plate for the would-be force out to score another run. DeLotto then hit a would-be double play ball, but an error by sophomore shortstop Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) limited the play to a force out at second base and allowed Paola to score the sixth run of the inning. Fox then made a diving stab at Serina's liner to end the damage.

After Morse hit Bates first-year Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Poland came on and struck out McCarthy to hold the lead at 9-5.

Bates closed it to 9-6 with one run in the bottom of the seventh. Hyde led off with a single, reached third on Pajka's single to right, and scored on Berry's sacrifice bunt.

Endicott turned the game into a rout in the top of the eighth, as sophomore reliever Matt Doyle (Northborough, Mass.) faced eight batters without recording an out, including run-scoring singles by Kochiss, Drew, Hall and Zabbo. First-year Robert Jones (South Berwick, Maine) came on for Doyle and the Gulls added another run on a fielding error, before he finally got out of the inning by inducing Oringer into a double play and Kochiss into a popup. In the ninth, however, the Gulls reached Jones for six more runs on six hits.

Each Endicott starter had a hit, and eight of them had multi-hit games. Drew was 4-for-6 in the game with four runs scored and two RBIs, while Paola, Kochiss and DeLotto had three apiece. Kochiss drove in a game-high four runs.

Jackson was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs for Bates, which totaled 10 hits in the game.

Bates plays a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at Williams College, starting at 12pm. Endicott hosts a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader against Curry starting at noon Sunday.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:36 am

Endicott emerges late, bashes Bates

LEWISTON — The second game of Saturday’s baseball doubleheader at Leahey Field was wiped out by a rogue flash of lightning and torrential rain behind it.

No worries for Endicott, which did a twin bill’s worth of damage with the bats, and then some, at Bates’ expense in the sun-drenched, breezy opener.

Every member of the Gulls’ starting lineup notched at least one hit, and eight of them were repeat offenders against five Bobcats’ pitchers in a 22-8 rout.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:35 am

Baseball drops 6-3 decision to Husson

BANGOR, Maine - The Bates bullpen combined to throw six innings of two hit baseball but the Bobcats were unable to overcome a five run second inning by Husson University, falling to the Eagles 6-3 at Winkin complex Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action.

The Eagles (22-13) tagged starter Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) for five runs in the second inning, before Sam Warren (Norfolk, Va.) came in and held Husson to one run on two hits over the next 4.2 innings, while striking out five. Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) tossed the final two frames for the Bobcats (9-12), allowing only one hit and striking out four.

Bates struggled early against Husson starter Dennis O'Neil, managing only one hit through the first four innings, but got to reliever Ben Holmes for three runs in the top of the sixth. Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) led off with a pinch hit single and Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) followed with a shot up the middle to put two on with nobody out. The next two batters struck out, but Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) came through with a little two out lighting, doubling to left center to score both runners and make it 6-2. Reenstierna now leads the Bobcats with 16 RBIs on the season.

Bates scored their third run courtesy of some head's up baserunning. John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) singled through the right side to move Reenstierna to third, and when Dinucci got himself in a run down on the attempted steal, Reenstierna scampered home to cut the lead in half at 6-3.

Bates threatened in the top of the ninth, with Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) and Reenstierna slapping back to back singles to start the inning. But Husson closer Corey Mongiat got Dinucci to line into a double play and struck out John Anagnost (Boulder, Colo.) to save his third game of the season.

Hudson scored all five runs on five hits in the third, highlighted by an Andrew Curran single down the right field line that hit the first base bag and brought home two runs to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead. Warren then came in and go Kyle Bishop to fly out and retired J.T. Written on a superb diving catch from Bobcat center fielder Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) to end the inning.

Berry and Reenstierna combined for four of the nine Bates hits on the night, as Berry was 2-3 with a run scored while Reenstierna was 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Tex.) had one of the two extra base hits with a double, and Reenstierna had the other.

Hudson received multi-hit performances from Christian Corneil and Seth Freudenberger, while Andrew Curran had one hit and a pair of RBIs for the Eagles. Zak Kochis picked up the win for the Eagles, tossing a scoreless fifth to notch his first victory of the season.

The Bobcats return to action on April 22 with a double header at Gordon College beginning at 2:00 p.m.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:58 am

Baseball sweeps doubleheader at Gordon, 7-3 and 8-1

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team won back-to-back games for the first time in over a month, sweeping a doubleheader at Gordon College 7-3 and 8-1 in a pair of seven-inning, non-conference games Wednesday.

The Bobcats (11-12) rode nine hits and strong starting pitching from senior Dillon Dresser (Falmouth, Maine) in the first game, then scored eight runs on just four hits in the second game. Junior Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.) shut out the Fighting Scots on four hits and no walks in his six-inning start.

Bates hosts the University of Southern Maine for a nine-inning game on Thursday at 3:30pm.

Game 1 Recap

Sophomore John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) hit his first college home run in the fourth inning for the first run of the day, and the Bobcats then mounted a two-out rally later in the inning. Sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) singled to right to score junior Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) and senior John Anagnost (Boulder, Colo.), who drew two of Bates' three walks in the inning.

Bates added two more runs in the fifth with four hits off of Gordon starter Colin Strapp (1-2). Reenstierna singled first-year Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) home, and senior Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) drove in Reenstierna and sophomore Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) with a single to right.

Reenstierna was 2-for-2 in the game with two runs and two RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the seventh. Dinucci also went 2-for-2.

Dresser allowed one run on five hits and a walk over 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win.

Game 2 Recap

Gordon starter Larry Torres hit four batters in 2 1/3 innings, including three in the third inning, all three of whom scored to give Bates a 3-1 lead.

Ward struck out five batters in his best outing of the season, raising his record to 1-1. First-year Connor Speed (Cumberland, Maine) pitched a shutout seventh inning to wrap up the sweep.

Gordon reliever Tyler Norquist hit two more Bates batters in the fourth inning -- Shapiro and senior Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.) -- and both later came home on senior Mekae Hyde's (Lewiston, Maine) three-run double. Junior Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) also scored on the hit after singling.

Berry added a solo home run to center field in the sixth inning, his second homer of the season.

Berry was 1-for-2 in the game with two runs and two RBIs, while Hyde drove in four runs in the game on one hit plus a sacrifice fly.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:10 am

Southern Maine tops baseball at Leahey Field, 10-4

LEWISTON, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine scored five runs in the fifth inning and added three in the sixth to pull away from the Bates College baseball team for a 10-4 non-conference victory on Thursday at Leahey Field, giving Huskies head coach Ed Flaherty his 900th career victory.

USM (21-9) collected nine hits and took advantage of five Bates errors, all committed in the Huskies' two big innings. USM will host Keene State in a Little East doubleheader on Saturday at 12pm.

Bates (11-13) begins a three-game NESCAC East Division series at Tufts University with a nine-inning game starting at 3pm on Friday.

USM got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the second. Bates first-year starting pitcher Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) walked Matt Bender and Brendon Joyce to lead off the inning; Thomas Zarro doubled into the right-center gap to score Bender, and Joyce later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Brandon Martins.

Bates scored one run in the second and added two in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) led off with a single, and the Bobcats loaded the bases with one out as junior Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) walked and first-year Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) bunt singled. Canavan scored on a sac fly by first-year Reed Mszar (Manassas, Va.), but Huskies starter Al Wallach avoided any further damage. In the third, seniors Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) and Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) led off with back-to-back singles. Canavan bunted the runners up a base, and Hyde came home on a passed ball. Reenstierna's sacrifice bunt later scored Jackson to make it 3-2.

After Wallach gave up a single by Mszar to lead off the fourth, USM righthander Dan Kinnon (1-0) was summoned. Kinnon got out of the inning and proceeded to hold Bates to one run over four innings, scattering two hits and four walks to earn his first win.

The Huskies opened the fifth inning with four hits in a row, including Sam Dexter's two-run single, chasing Bates righthander Rob Jones (South Berwick, Maine; 0-1) in favor of senior lefthander Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine). USM scored three more runs with just one more hit in the inning, an infield single by Joyce, taking advantage of back-to-back errors by the Bobcats.

Bates' sudden fielding troubles continued in the sixth with three more errors, a leadoff walk issued to Nick DiBiase and an RBI single by Paul McDonough, allowing the Huskies to assume a 10-3 lead.

Bates senior Jon Anagnost (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Hyde came up and laced a liner to left field, where Zarro initially made a diving stab, but the ball came out of his glove when he landed. But with McCarthy held up at first base, USM center fielder was able to pick up the ball and easily throw out McCarthy for the force out at second. Jackson followed with a single through the right side to score Anagnost, but Kinnon got the next batter out to preserve USM's 10-4 lead.

Ryan Browner blanked Bates over the final two innings. For Bates, senior Sam Berry (Hamilton, Mass.), first-year Andrew Freeman (Newton, Mass.) and Shapiro all tossed shutout innings in the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

DiBiase and Joyce had two hits apiece for USM, while Dexter and Damon Wallace drove in two runs apiece.

For Bates, both Hyde and Jackson collected two hits.
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Re: Baseball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:49 am

Berry homers twice to power baseball to 9-4 win at league-leading Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Bates senior Sam Berry hit a pair of two-run home runs which spurred the visiting Bobcats to a 9-4 victory at Tufts in the opener of a three-game NESCAC East Division series Friday at Huskins Field.

Berry's (Hamilton, Mass.) two-run home run over the hitter's backdrop in center field gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead in the third. He hit another in the fourth to right-center as part of a four-run inning that put Bates ahead 6-0. Berry finished 3 for 5 with the four RBIs and two runs.

The Bobcats improved to 12-13 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC East. Tufts, which received three hits and two runs from Tom Petry, fell to 22-7 and 6-4. Bates and Tufts are currently the only two teams with winning records in the division. The teams play a double-header at Huskins tomorrow starting at noon.

Bates chased Tufts starter Tim Superko in the fourth. He allowed five hits and six runs with five walks in 3 2/3 innings overall. In addition to Berry's fourth-inning home run, senior Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) had an RBI single and senior Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) walked and scored on a wild pitch during the inning.

The Bobcats extended their lead to 8-0 with two in the fifth. Berry loaded the bases with a single and Hyde walked to plate the first run. Pajka then scored on senior Rockwell Jackson's (Fort Worth, Texas) foul out to right.

Bates junior righthanded starter Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.) held Tufts scoreless through four. The Jumbos left three in scoring position during that time. Trailing 8-0, Tufts got on the board with two in the fifth. Petry led off with a single and Cody McCallum followed with a walk. A pair of ground outs scored Petry, and Tommy O'Hara singled home McCallum.

Colombo departed after five innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with four walks and four K's while earning the victory to move to 3-0. Junior righthander Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) came on to pitch the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks while striking out four. Senior righthander Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) pitched a shutout ninth, getting out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Petry to end the game.

Jumbo senior Connor McDavitt drew a walk off DiFranco to lead off the seventh, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a Bates error, drawing the hosts within 8-3. However, Bates got it back in the top of the eighth on a walk to Hyde and a single by junior Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.) that followed by a pinch-hit RBI single from sophomore Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.), making it 9-3.

McDavitt singled home Petry, who had hit a two-out single, for the game's final run in the eighth.

Pajka scored three runs for Bates and Hyde crossed the plate twice.
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