Baseball strikes first but Husson runs away with win in non-conference action

Head coach Jon Martin encourages sophomore pitcher Peter Schuldt during the Bates baseball team's game against Husson on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates baseball team grabbed a 3-0 lead but the visiting Husson University Eagles scored 15 unanswered runs to defeat the Bobcats 15-3 in eight innings Thursday afternoon at Leahey Field. 

The game was called after eight innings on account of darkness. 

Husson (17-14) tallied 13 hits in the contest while holding Bates (11-12) to four hits. The Bobcats committed four errors and the Eagles committed two errors.

Alex Brooks (3-1) earned the win on the mound for Husson, going five innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits. He walked three and struck out one. 

The game started out well for Bates, with first-year Ian Tolis (Madison, Conn.) tossing a pair of shutout innings. Meanwhile, the Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) reached on an error to start the frame and junior captain Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) doubled him to third. One out later, first-year Bryan Gotti (Westwood, Mass.) drove in Beal with a ground out to second, putting Bates up 1-0.

In the bottom of the second, the Bobcats tallied two more runs. Junior Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) reached on an error leading off the inning and one out later junior Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) ripped a hot smash to third that got knocked down but Carter beat it out for an infield single. With two down, Beal doubled in both runners to give Bates a 3-0 lead.

Junior Ryan Moralejo (Miami, Fla.) maintained the lead in the third inning, allowing one run but limiting the damage by getting Ethan Daigneault to ground out to first with the bases loaded and two outs, ending the inning.

Bates led 3-1 entering the fourth inning. That's when the Eagles scored eight runs to take the lead for good. Nick Guerrette and Conor Maguire recorded back-to-back singles to start the frame off sophomore Peter Schuldt (Winnetka, Ill.) before Kobe Rogerson bunted the runners over. A wild pitch scored Guerrette and David LeBlanc singled in Maguire, tying the game at three.

Schuldt (0-2) got Ethan Stoddard to hit into a fielder's choice for the second out. But four straight walks followed, scoring two more runs for Husson. Junior Cameron Carlson (Tampa, Fla.) entered the game to face Guerrette and he drew a walk as well, driving in a run. A second run scored on the play because the pitch went to the backstop after bouncing in the dirt. With runners at the corners, the Eagles pulled off a double steal to plate another run. A Bates error allowed an eighth run to score and Husson led 9-3.

The Eagles added four unearned runs in the fifth inning after they got two baserunners to start the frame thanks to Bobcat errors. 

After Husson scored two more in the sixth, sophomore Henri Pratt (Pebble Beach, Calif.) entered the game in the seventh and stopped the bleeding. He worked around a one-out triple to pitch a scoreless frame. Then he sent the Eagles down in order in the eighth. 

After tallying three hits through the first two innings, Bates didn't record another hit until the eighth when senior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) singled to center. 

Guerrette and LeBlanc paced the Husson offense with three hits each. Maguire went 2-5 with a run scored, a triple and an RBI. 12 of Husson's 13 hits were singles. 

The Bobcats are back in action Friday afternoon when they take on Bowdoin in a huge NESCAC East showdown. First pitch at Leahey Field is set for 3pm.