Baseball collects 21 hits in 18-3 victory at RPI

Dan Trulli batted 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in Bates' 18-3 victory at RPI on April 18, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

TROY, N.Y. -- The Bates baseball team's bats went from hot to scorching on the second day of their road trip to New York State, as the Bobcats rapped out 21 hits and drew eight walks in an 18-3 thrashing of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday.

A day after winning 9-1 at Hamilton with 10 hits, the Bobcats (10-11) collected eight more hits than their previous high this season, and put the host Engineers (13-13) in a 7-0 hole after half an inning.

Among the visitors' hitting stars were junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.), who was 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs; sophomore Zach Avila (San Francisco, Calif.), 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored; sophomore Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.), 3-for-5 with two RBIs; and junior Justin White (Whitesboro, N.Y.), 2-for-4 with four RBIs in his first appearance since picking up his first career hit on Saturday.

The Bobcats batted around the order in the first inning, with a string of seven straight hitters reaching base safely. Sophomore Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) and Avila drew one-out walks off of starting pitcher Patrick McMackin (0-3), followed by a run-scoring single by Trulli, the Bobcats' RBI leader with 23. Sophomore Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) reloaded the bases with a walk, and senior Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) walked again to score Trulli, chasing McMackin for the day in favor of Griffin Kelley.

Kelley was greeted with an RBI single by senior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) that scored MacDonald, and Sylvia kept it going with an RBI single to center, scoring White with Bates' seventh run.

Junior righthander Brendan Smith (Hingham, Mass.) set down the Engineers in order in the bottom of the first, and he was off to his first win of the season, holding RPI scoreless through five innings on two hits and two walks.

Bates added a run in the third, with Carter drawing another walk and scoring on another Sylvia single. Carter figured again in Bates' run in the fourth, driving in Avila, who had singled, with a sacrifice fly following a Trulli double.

Trulli's second double factored into a three-run rally in the sixth, as White's bases-loaded single and an error in left field scored Avila, Trulli and Carter.

Bates assumed a 15-0 lead in the top of the seventh before the Engineers answered with three in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) reached on an error to lead off, and first-year Dan Brady (Brookfield, Conn.) followed with a single down the left-field line. Avila then doubled to score Lindgren. Trulli scored Brady with a sacrifice fly, and MacDonald later drove in first-year pinch runner Colin Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) for Bates' 15th run.

Coyne and Trulli drove in two more runs in the eighth, and late-game first-year substitution Aidan McLaughlin was 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI in the final two innings.

Junior Alex Simon (Windsor, Conn.) was charged with RPI's three runs over his 1 1/3 innings. Sophomore Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) went 1 2/3 shutout innings, and senior captain Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) threw a shutout ninth inning with two strikeouts. Shapiro's earned-run average remains at 0.00 and he has 19 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings over nine appearances.

Bates plays at Bard College Thursday at 4pm in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.