BANGOR, Maine -- The Bates baseball team scored twice in the ninth inning but fell just short in a 6-4 non-conference loss to Husson University Tuesday afternoon.
Bates (6-9) entered the ninth inning trailing the Eagles (12-9) by a score of 6-2. With two outs and nobody on, first-year Chris Capo (West Newbury, Mass.) drew a walk. Sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) continued his hot start to the season by tripling in Capo to cut the Husson lead to 6-3. First-year Antonio Jareno (Marietta, Ga.) doubled in Beal and Bates pulled to within two runs.
But Husson reliever Jacob Gauvin struck out the next batter to end the game.
Jesse Colford (2-2) got the start for the Eagles and threw eight innings of two-run ball. He scattered seven hits, struck out three and did not walk anyone to earn the win.
The Bobcats led twice early in the game but a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh gave the Eagles the lead for good. A passed ball allowed the go-ahead run to score in the sixth. Two bases loaded walks and a Nolan Brown RBI single extended the Husson lead to 6-2 in the seventh.
Bates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. With one out, first-year Kevin Lucey (Topsfield, Mass.) got hit by a pitch. Junior Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) doubled him home for the first run of the game. Husson answered in the bottom of the second. A single, a walk and an error loaded the bases with one out. Kobe Rogerson drove in a run on a ground out to tie the game at one.
Lucey got the Bates offense going again in the fourth, this time with a single through the left side. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a Torres single. Sophomore Colin Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice, driving in Lucey to put the Bobcats up 2-1.
Michael Schneider started the bottom of the fourth with a single for the Eagles. He eventually made his way to third and Brown singled him home to tie the game at two.
The Bobcats used six different pitchers in the contest. Sophomore Peter Schuldt (Winnetka, Ill.) tossed the first four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out two. Junior Ryan Moralejo (Miami, Fla.) worked a scoreless fifth before junior Will Slayne (Dedham, Mass.) allowed just an unearned run in the sixth.
First-year Ian Tolis (Madison, Conn.) struggled in the seventh walking a pair and allowing a hit. All three runs in the inning were charged to him and sophomore Henri Pratt (Pebble Beach, Calif.) finished the frame. First-year Grant Iuliano (Waltham, Mass.) tossed a scoreless eighth to keep the Bobcats in the game.
Beal finished 2-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Jareno went 3-5 with an RBI and Torres went 2-4 with an RBI. The Eagles tallied 12 hits to the Bobcats' nine and Husson played errorless defense.
The Bobcats have a game scheduled at Leahey Field against UMaine-Farmington Thursday at 4pm.