Canavan homers in baseball's 7-1 loss to Occidental

Brendon Canavan hit his first career home run on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 against Occidental College. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LOS ANGELES -- Senior Brendon Canavan hit the first home run of his career on Monday but the Bates baseball team fell 7-1 to Occidental College. 

The Tigers (5-3) won their fifth straight game thanks to strong pitching and solid production from the middle of their lineup. 

Meanwhile the Bobcats (0-2) fell behind early and couldn't catch up, tallying only three hits on the day.

Senior Anthony Telesca (Holtsville, N.Y.) got the start and tossed three innings for the Bobcats. He allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits, walking three and striking out one.

After playing errorless ball in their season opener, Bates made two errors in the bottom of the first on Monday.

With one away in the bottom of the first, the Tigers' Graham Pimm reached on an error. He advanced to second on a balk and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Bryan Smith got hit by a pitch, Devon DeRaad doubled in Pimm, moving Smith to third on the play.  

Jamie Cooper drove in Smith with a RBI grounder and DeRaad scored when Jake Palumbo reached on another Bobcat error.

Telesca (0-1) was able to get out of the first without any further damage but Bates found themselves in a 3-0 hole.

Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) quickly got them a run back with his solo home run to lead off the top of the second. 

The score remained 3-1 in favor of the Tigers until the bottom of the fourth when Occidental added a run thanks to a lead-off walk and back-to-back singles.

They tacked on three more in the sixth thanks to an error, a stolen base, a DeRaad RBI single and a Cooper two-run homer.

Tigers pitching struck out 13 Bobcats on the day and Occidental scored their seven runs on only eight hits.

Bates looks to bounce back Tuesday at Whittier. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. Eastern/2:30 p.m. Pacific.