THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Cal Lutheran scored in all but one inning, including six runs in the eighth as the host Kingsmen beat the Bates baseball team 17-2 Wednesday.
Bates (0-4) remains in search of its first victory, with three games remaining in its swing through Southern California. The Bobcats will next play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Friday at 11am Pacific time.
CLU (6-5) scored three times on five hits in the first inning and added another run in the second off of Bates sophomore starter Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), but Bates halved the Kingsmen's lead with a pair of runs in the third. Senior outfielder Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) tripled to right center to lead off the inning, and he scored on sophomore Will Sylvia's (Newton, Mass.) single through the right side. Sylvia later scored from second on sophomore Jack Arend's (Newfields, N.H.) two-out single through the right side.
Collins then set down the Kingsmen in order in the bottom of the third, but it was the only inning they'd be denied a run. Collins (0-1) allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings before giving way to sophomore Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.), who gave up two runs in one inning. First-year Casey Barr (Chicago, Ill.) surrendered two earned runs in two innings in his college debut. In CLU's six-run eighth inning, Zach Bullard clouted a grand slam.
In the three games since they collected 13 hits with four doubles in the season opener at Pomona-Pitzer, the Bobcats have batted .173 as a team, while the opposition has hit .357.
DiVincenzo, who joined the team last season and had one hit in 13 at-bats, has hit in all three of his appearances thus far this season, and leads the Bobcats in batting (.400) and slugging percentage (.700).