Baseball splits doubleheader with Wesleyan

Senior Justin White's two-RBI single in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win for the Bates baseball team over Wesleyan in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Nolan Collins earned his fourth win of the season in game one and first-year Bryan Gotti hit his first collegiate home run in game two of Saturday's doubleheader split between the Bates baseball team and Wesleyan University. The Bobcats (10-11) took game one 4-2 before falling 10-3 in game two. 

Bates is back in action Monday when the Bobcats visit Dean for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1pm. 

Game One: Bates 4, Wesleyan 2

Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) scattered nine hits over six and a third innings and the Bobcats scored four times in the third inning to defeat the Cardinals 4-2 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.

Trailing 1-0, junior Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) got the rally started in the bottom of the third against Cardinal starter Pat Clare (2-2) with a single to center. He advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt that got past the Wesleyan first baseman, the first of three errors in the inning. Junior Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) hit a grounder to third and the throw to first sailed high, allowing Sylvia to score from second. Carter advanced to second base on the play and junior Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) drew a walk.

With runners at the first and second, Bates pulled off a double steal and the throw from the Wesleyan catcher to third base went into left field, allowing Carter to score the go-ahead run. Lindgren stole third base and with two outs, junior captain Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) got hit by a pitch. He stole second base and senior Justin White (Whitesboro, N.Y.) singled in both runners to put Bates up 4-1.

Down 4-1, the Cardinals got a run back in the top of the fifth. Jake Alonzo doubled to start the frame and one out later Nolan Webb reached on an infield single, advancing Alonzo to third. Andrew Keith singled in Alonzo to trim the Bates lead to 4-2. But Collins (4-1) got a strikeout and a pop out to end the inning. 

The Cardinals got a pair of one-out singles in the sixth inning before Collins got Alonzo to hit into an inning-ending double play. 

In the seventh, Andrew Kauf led off with a pinch-hit single and one out later Keith singled to center. The Bobcats brought in senior captain Alex Simon (Windsor, Conn.) and he walked Adam Geibel to load the bases. But Simon got Alex Cappitelli to pop out to third and Simon struck out Ryan Earle looking to end the game, earning his third save of the season.

Wesleyan tallied nine hits to the Bobcats' five in game one, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Earle walked to start the frame and Danny Rose singled him to second. Chase Pratt bunted the runners over and Alonzo squeezed in Earle for the first run of the game. But the Cardinals' poor defense in the third inning cost them the game. Collins did not walk anyone else after Earle and struck out six batters on the afternoon to earn his fourth win in his last five starts. Clare took the hard-luck loss despite throwing a complete game and not allowing an earned run for Wesleyan.

White finished game one 2-3 with two RBIs and Gotti (Westwood, Mass.) finished 2-3 at the plate as well. Sylvia went 1-3 with a run scored.

Rose went 3-3 at the plate for the Cardinals and Keith went 2-4 with an RBI. Alonzo finished 1-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. 

Game Two: Wesleyan 10, Bates 3

The Cardinals (11-12) led 4-2 before exploding for six runs in the top of the ninth, running away with game two of Saturday's doubleheader by a score of 10-3.

Kelvin Sosa (4-1) earned the win for the Wesleyan, tossing five and a third innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits, walking five and striking out two. Senior Brendan Smith (Hingham, Mass.) took the loss for Bates, giving up three runs (two earned) in three innings pitched to start the game. 

Wesleyan scored one run in each of the first four innings against Bates pitching. 

Keith walked to start the top of the first and stole second base. He advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a Kauf sacrifice fly. With one out in the top of the second, Jonny Corning drew a walk and Nick Valicenti singled through the left side. Keith singled in Corning to put Wesleyan up 2-0.

Rose got hit by a pitch to start the third and Alonzo singled him to second. A Bates error allowed the third run of the game to score.

Smith (1-1) kept the Bobcats in it, stranding six Wesleyan runners through the first three innings. And the Bobcats cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the third, With two outs, sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) and first-year Antonio Jareno (Marietta, Ga.) drew back-to-back walks. Arend doubled both runs in to make the score 3-2 in favor of Wesleyan.

Junior Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) entered the game to begin the top of the fourth and Keith greeted him with a fly ball down the left field line. Lindgren chased after the ball and made a spectacular leaping catch over the fence in foul ground. He landed on the other side of the fence with the ball in his glove for the first out of the inning.

But Geibel followed with a double and Kauf singled him to third. Jesse Levy-Rubinett drove in Geibel with a sacrifice fly and Wesleyan led 4-2.

Michaud blanked the Cardinals in the fifth and the sixth innings. And first-year Jared Pantalony (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth. 

Meanwhile, the Bates offense had multiple opportunities but could not cut into the deficit. The Bobcats left the bases loaded in the sixth inning and left two more men stranded in the seventh.

Pantalony retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth. Then the Cardinals tallied four straight singles to chase him from the game. A walk, a double and another single followed, and when the dust cleared the Bobcats found themselves down 10-2. 

Gotti gave the home fans something to cheer about leading off the top of the ninth, blasting his first collegiate home run, a no-doubter to right field. With two outs, Arend got hit by a pitch and White walked. But the Cardinals brought in Jack Scher and he recorded the final out of the game.

Wesleyan tallied 17 hits to the Bobcats' five in game two. Geibel and Rose recorded three hits each and four different players tallied two hits. Bates did draw nine walks, with Jareno walking three times. The Bobcats left 11 men on base and the Cardinals left 10 men stranded.