Baseball team's win streak ends with loss to Endicott

Giovanni Torres batted 1-for-3 with a walk in Bates' 8-0 loss to Endicott on March 14, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Bates baseball team saw its three-game win streak end Thursday in an 8-0 defeat to Endicott College in a non-conference game played at the New England Baseball Complex.

Six Endicott (2-2) pitchers combined to hold Bates (3-5) to no runs on six hits and four walks. Working against five Bobcat pitchers, the Gulls scored in the first, second, seventh and eighth innings for the victory, totaling nine hits, including two doubles and a home run, and two walks.

Junior righthander Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) started for Bates and went two innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three batters. Four Gulls singled against one out in the second, including RBI singles by John Duffy and Matthew McKinley, before Michaud struck out Christian Allaire and Dan Cacciola to limit the damage. Michaud dropped to 0-2 with the loss.

First-year lefthander Jared Pantalony (Brooklyn, N.Y.) threw three perfect innings in relief of Michaud, with three strikeouts. Senior Brendan Smith (Hingham, Mass.) added a fourth straight shutout inning for Bates in the sixth to keep it a three-run game. But Endicott got a three-run home run from Anthony Macchia in the seventh and added two more insurance runs in the eighth.

Bates threatened to score in the third, as Bates junior catcher Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) drew a two-out walk, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but a strikeout ended the threat. In the fifth, junior Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) singled up the middle and reached third after a single by first-year Andrew Chi (Closter, N.J.) and Arend being hit by a pitch.

Arend (Newfields, N.H.) reached base on his first three trips to the plate, drawing two walks and a hit-by-pitch, raising his on-base percentage to .688. Sophomore outfielder Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) hit 2-for-5, raising his batting average to .333.

Bates is next scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader at MIT this Saturday, beginning at noon.