Big rally falls just short as baseball falls 13-11 at Bard

Giovanni Torres had two pinch singles in Bates' seven-run ninth inning, but the Bobcats fell 13-11 at Bard College on April 19, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Bates baseball team fell 13-11 in a non-conference game at Bard College on Thursday, but not before rallying for seven runs in the ninth inning and ending the game with the bases loaded.

Bard (12-13) scored its 13 runs on nine hits and eight walks, against five Bates (10-12) pitchers. The host Raptors threw eighth pitchers at the Bobcats.

Bates travels to Hartford, Conn., on Friday to start a three-game NESCAC East Division series 3pm at Trinity.

Both teams scored their runs in chunks. Bard plated four in the first inning, four in the third and five in the fifth, then was held scoreless the rest of the way. Bates scored four runs in the second inning to tie the game at 4-4, but the Bobcats were blanked over the following six innings before rallying in the ninth.

A day after posting a season-high 21 hits and winning 18-3 at RPI, Bates tied for its second-most hits this season, with 13. Junior catcher Justin White (Whitesboro, N.Y.) remained hot at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and two runs scored. Sophomore midgame replacements Zach Avila (San Francisco, Calif.) and Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) both batted 2-for-2 in the game, and sophomores Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) and Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) drove in two runs apiece -- Sylvia without the benefit of a hit.

Facing a 13-4 deficit after eight innings, Torres knocked a pinch-hit double to lead off the ninth, the first of 12 batters in the inning for the Bobcats. Sophomore Leo Watson (Indianapolis, Ind.) followed with a pinch walk, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. From there, Torres scored on Sylvia's sacrifice fly to left.

Senior Reed Mszar (Manassas, Va.) then delivered a pinch double down the right-field line to score Watson. Avila kept things going with a single, and Trulli later hit a two-out RBI single to score Mszar. Bard was one out away from sealing the win, but the Bobcats continued to stretch the inning out to its fullest extent. White walked to load the bases, and Carter's single to right scored Trulli and Avila to close the gap to 13-9, and Bard brought on a new pitcher.

Torres, up for a second time in the inning, again delivered a hit, singling up the middle to score White. Watson drew his second walk of the inning, bringing up Sylvia as the potential winning run with Bates trailing 13-10. Sylvia's walk closed the gap to 13-11 and moved the tying run into scoring position. Sophomore Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.), Bates' fourth pinch hitter of the inning, faced Bard's fourth pitcher of the inning, and a ground ball to first base ended the rally and the game.

Bates first-year starter Peter Schuldt (Winnetka, Ill.) exited after 1/3 of an inning and was charged with four runs. First-year Casey Barr (Chicago, Ill.), making his second collegiate appearance, finished the inning and threw 3 2/3 innings in all, allowing eight runs and being charged with the loss (0-1).

Sophomore Cameron Carlson (Tampa, Fla.) gave up one run in 2 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. Sophomores Ryan Moralejo (Miami, Fla.) and Mark Russell (Westford, Mass.) held the Raptors scoreless over a combined 1 2/3 innings.