Baseball drops opening game of Tufts series

Andrew Chi (43) reached base twice with a single and a walk in Bates' 6-0 loss at Tufts on March 29, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- R.J. Hall threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout as Tufts topped the Bates baseball team 6-0 in the NESCAC East Division opener for both squads Friday at Huskins Field.

The shutout was the second of Hall's career, but first since his freshman season in 2016. He allowed Bobcat singles in the first, third and fourth innings and finished with seven strikeouts. Five walks helped put six Bobcat base runners in scoring position, but Hall worked out of any trouble all day.

The Jumbo offense got him more than he would need with two in the bottom of the first. yan Day hit a one-out single up the middle and scored on a double by Ryan Daues. Peter DeMaria followed with an RBI single making it 2-0.

Bates had runners on second and third with one out in the second after a hit-by-pitch and an error by Hall. But he got the runner trying to score on a ball hit back at him for the second out. He then got the third on a line drive to left.

Tufts loaded the bases in the bottom of the second after Harrison Frickman led off with a single. Daues brought home the run with a bases-loaded walk giving Tufts a 3-0 edge.

Hall stranded 10 Bobcats on the bases overall. Sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) led off the third with a single and went to second on a one-out walk to junior catcher Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.). But Hall rolled a double-play ball to get out of the inning.

Tufts had a runner thrown out at the plate on a double by Casey Santos-Ocampo in the fourth, as left fielder Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) hit cutoff man Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) at short, and Carter gunned down Day at home. But Will Burgess followed with an RBI single and Tufts led 4-0.

Hall (3-0) stranded two in the Bates fifth and got through the rest of his outing with relative ease. DeMaria hit a two-run single in the Jumbo sixth to cap the scoring.

Day finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored while DeMaria went 2 for 5 with three RBIs. J.P. Knight and Will Shackelford both had two hits for Tufts and Santos-Ocampo scored twice.

Junior Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) gave up six runs (five earned) on 12 hits with four strikeouts, dropping to 2-1. J Junior Cameron Carlson (Tampa, Fla.) pitched 1.2 innings of good relief for Bates, allowing two hits and no runs. Classmate Mark Russell (Westford, Mass.) finished up with a scoreless inning.

The teams play a double-header at Huskins tomorrow starting at noon.