WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The Augustana Vikings scored one in the eighth and two in the 10th to edge the Bates baseball team by a score of 6-4 Friday morning at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
With the contest tied at 4-4, Augustana's Brett Benedetti got the Augustana rally started when senior captain Alex Simon (Windsor, Conn) hit him with a pitch with one out in the 10th. Then Tyler Nunez drew a walk, prompting a pitching change by the Bobcats.
Senior Justin Foley (Lynnfield, Mass.) came out of the bullpen and got Gunnar Haskins to pop to second for out number two. However, Jake Huber grounded a 1-2 pitch just past Bates shortstop junior Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) and into center field, plating Benedetti to make it 5-4. Griffen Pschigoda followed with a single to right, scoring Nunez with an insurance run.
Augustana reliever John Hayes hit junior Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) leading off the bottom of the 10th, but fanned the next two batters and got the final Bates hitter to pop out, ending the game.
Bates (0-4) fell behind 2-0 when the Vikings (4-0) plated two runs in the top of the first. With one away, the Vikings recorded two singles and a walk against Bates starter first-year Ian Tolis (Madison, Conn.) to load the bases. A two-base Bates error allowed a pair of runs to score but Tolis escaped without any further damage.
Tolis settled down after that and the Bobcats rallied with a run in the second and another in the third. Senior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) got things started in the second with a single to left. First-year Bryan Gotti (Westwood, Mass.) followed with a double to advance Trulli to third. Two outs later, junior Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) reached on an error and Trulli scored to trim the deficit to 2-1.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, first-year Andrew Chi (Closter, N.J.) reached on an error. He advanced to second on the play and junior captain Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) singled Chi home to tie the game at two.
The Vikings went ahead 3-2 in the fifth thanks to another unearned run. The two teams combined to commit seven errors on the day.
Bates answered in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of runs to grab the lead. Carter walked to start the inning. With two away, Chi drew a walk and Arend singled in another run, tying the game at three. Trulli stepped to the plate and reached on an error, scoring Chi to put Bates up 4-3.
After Tolis threw the first 4.1 innings, junior Cameron Carlson (Tampa, Fla.) entered the game and tossed the next three and a third. With Bates up 4-3, Carlson retired the first two batters in the top of the eighth. But a walk followed by a failed pick-off attempt gave the Vikings a runner at third with two outs. The Bobcats brought in junior Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) and he allowed the inherited runner to score thanks to a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a balk.
Michaud didn't allow the Vikings to take the lead and Bates nearly went ahead in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. But Hayes (1-0) got a huge strikeout to get out of the jam.
Simon (0-2) got out of a big jam in the top of the ninth before the Vikings grabbed the lead for good in the 10th.
Arend paced the Bobcats at the plate on Friday, going 3-5 with a double and two RBIs. Trulli went 2-5 at the plate with a run scored. Bates pitching held the Vikings to just five hits but the Bobcats committed four errors in the field.
Bates looks to finish the opening road trip on a high note Saturday afternoon when the Bobcats take on Capital at 1:30pm.