LOS ANGELES -- Occidental College scored the game-ending run on a hit batsmen in the bottom of the ninth inning to take a 6-5 win over the Bates College baseball team on Monday.
Bates (0-2) had tied the game at 5-5 with three runs in the fifth, where the score remained for the next four innings.
The host Tigers (3-2) got a three-run home run from Eamon McNeil in Occidental's five-run third inning, while Angelo Zorn went 3-for-4 at the plate, with the game-winning RBI. Cade Denyer earned the win with five innings of relief, allowing one unearned run and striking out seven batters.
After Bates stranded two runners in the top of the ninth, Jack Brancheau hit a one-out double off of Bates junior pitcher Brendan Smith (Hingham, Mass.). Bates senior Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) took the mound in place of Smith, after which Brancheau took third base on a passed ball. Following two intentional walks, Shapiro struck out Bryan Smith, putting the Bobcats an out away from forcing extra innings. Angelo Zorn was then hit, bringing home Brancheau with the game-ending run.
Brendan Smith (0-1) picked up the loss after 4 1/3 solid innings of relief, in which he was charged with the one run on three hits and one walk, together with three strikeouts. Bates senior lefthander Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) allowed five runs in four innings in his first start of the season.
Bates will continue its season-opening Southern California trip with a game at Whittier College Tuesday at 2:30 Pacific time.
The Bobcats struck first with two runs in the third. Sophomore Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) singled and reached third when sophomore Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) reached on a two-base error. Junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) drove Carter in with a groundout, and first-year Noah Loughlin (Mililani, Hawaii) plated Arend with a single to center.
The host Tigers erased Bates' lead with the their five-run outburst. McNeil cleared the bases with his one-out homer, and Occidental added runs on RBI singles by Smith and Josh Rego before Russell struck out Dean Abramson to end the inning.
Bates tied the game up with three in the fifth. Carter and Arend led off with walks off of reliever A Marlow, prompting Denyer to be summoned. Trulli then reached on an error, allowing Carter to score. Loughlin's second RBI single of the game scored Arend. Shapiro, who started the game in left field, then reached on a two-out, two-base throwing error by Denyer as Trulli came home with the tying run. Denyer ended the damage with back-to-back outs.
Carter and Loughlin both had two of Bates' six hits in the game, with Carter walking twice and Loughlin once.