Baseball splits a pair with Williams at Leahey Field

Sophomore Giovanni Torres and the Bobcats split a doubleheader with the Williams College Ephs on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Jack Arend reached base six times over the course of two games and the Bates baseball team split a doubleheader with Williams College on Saturday at Leahey Field, winning game one 6-2 and falling in game two by a count of 4-1. 

The Bobcats (8-11) and Ephs (5-14) are scheduled to square off again at Leahey Field Sunday at noon in another doubleheader. The games do not count in the NESCAC standings as only games with divisional opponents impact the Bobcats' place in the standings. The Bobcats are in the NESCAC East while the Ephs play in the NESCAC West.

Game One: Bates 6, Williams 2

Senior captain Connor Russell threw five innings of two-run ball and the Bates baseball team defeated Williams 6-2 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.

Russell (Cumberland, Maine) scattered five hits over his five innings of work, walking two and striking out four to earn his second win of the year. His counterpart George Carroll (1-1) gave up three unearned runs over five innings for the Ephs to take the loss. 

Williams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. With two outs, Erik Mini singled through the right side. He stole second and scored on a David Kwan single to center.

The Bobcats answered right away in the bottom of the frame. With one away, senior Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) drew a walk. Then with two down sophomore Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) singled to left center. Sophomore Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) hit a slow roller back to the mound that snuck between the legs of Carroll, loading the bases for Bates. Senior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) came up big with a two-RBI single to left, plating MacDonald and Torres to put the Bobcats up 2-1.

The Ephs tied things up in the top of the fourth before the Bobcats took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame. Alex Panstares tripled on a ball DiVincenzo nearly caught in a diving attempt in left-center. Then Mini singled home Panstares to even the score at two.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Bobcats came up big with two outs. Arend (Newfields, N.H.) drew a walk to get the rally started. Sophomore Zach Avila (San Francisco, Calif.) followed with a single down the right field line. Arend advanced to third on the play and came around to score when junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) hit a towering infield pop up that the Ephs failed to catch. 

The Ephs loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth but senior captain Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) got the Bobcats out of trouble by striking out a batter and inducing a pop out to end the inning.

Nursing a one-run lead, the Bobcats got three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth against Williams reliever Bryan Woolley. DiVincenzo singled to the right side to start the frame and Arend followed with a single of his own. Avila attempted to bunt the runners over and Woolley's throw to first got away, allowing DiVincenzo to score. With runners at second and third, Trulli singled in both players to extend the lead to 6-2. 

First-year Peter Schuldt (Winnetka, Ill.) worked around a pair of walks to toss a scoreless seventh, securing the win for Bates. 

Arend went 1-2 with two runs scored and two walks in game one. DiVincenzo, Avila and Trulli recorded two hits apiece, with DiVincenzo and Trulli both driving in two runs. Torres went 1-2 with a run scored and a walk. 

Mini led the Ephs in game one by going 2-2 with a run scored, a run batted in and a walk. 

Game Two: Williams 4, Bates 1

Jack Bohen tossed a complete game, holding the Bobcats to a lone unearned run on five hits to lead the Ephs to a 4-1 win over Bates in game two of Saturday's doubleheader.

Bohen (1-2) struck out nine batters to pick up his first win of the season. Sophomore Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) took the loss on the mound for Bates, giving up four runs (one earned) on eight hits over six innings, striking out a career-high seven along the way.

For the second straight game, the Ephs got on the board first. In the top of the first inning, Mike Stamas singled to lead off the inning. He stole second and scored after Doug Schaffer struck out. Collins' first strike out of the game bounced in to home and Schaffer swung and missed. Arend had a tough time finding the ball but eventually picked it up and threw a strike to first. Unfortunately for Bates, the ball tipped off the first baseman's glove, going down the right field line. Stamas crossed the plate to put Williams up 1-0.

The Ephs added to their lead in the top of the second. Kellen Hatheway doubled to right center to begin the inning. One out later, Adam Dulsky doubled Hatheway in to put Williams up 2-0.

Bates scored its lone run in game two in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) singled to get the rally started. Two outs later, first-year Noah Loughlin (Mililani, Hawaii) singled to center. Then Lindgren singled sharply off the Ephs' third baseman's glove to load the bases for DiVincenzo. DiVincenzo hit a slow roller to short that Hatheway had sneak under his glove. Carter scored but the ball stayed on the infield and Loughlin tripped going around third. He got in a rundown and was eventually tagged out to end the inning with Bates down 2-1.

The Bobcats did not record another hit until the sixth inning. Meanwhile the Ephs added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth. With one away, Mini singled through the right side. A Bobcat error put runners at first and second. Then Kwan grounded out slowly to move both runners up 90 feet. Dulsky delivered a clutch two-out, two-RBI single to extend the Williams lead to 4-1.

With two away in the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Leo Watson (Indianapolis, Ind.) drew a walk and junior Justin White (Whitesboro, N.Y.) picked up his first collegiate hit with a single to right. But Bohen struck out the next batter to escape the jam.

Junior Alex Simon (Windsor, Conn.) tossed a scoreless top of the seventh and Bates tried to rally one more time in the bottom half of the frame. Lindgren singled to start the inning and one out later Arend drew a walk. Bohen struck out the next batter, bringing Trulli to the plate. Trulli worked the count full but Bohen was able to pick off the runner at second to end the game when the Bobcats attempted to get a head start on the payoff pitch. 

Lindgren paced the Bobcats on offense in game two by going 2-3 at the plate. Loughlin, White and Carter all went 1-3, with Carter scoring the lone run. Arend went 0-1 but drew two walks and got hit by a pitch. Watson also drew a pair of walks.

Dulsky went 2-3 with three runs batted in and Mini went 2-3 a run scored to lead the Ephs.