WATERVILLE, Maine—The Bates College baseball team scored four runs in the top of the sixth and eight runs in the top of the eighth to cruise to a 16-3 NESCAC East Division victory over Colby College at the Mules' Coombs Field today.
The Bobcats improve to 15-13 overall and 5-3 in the NESCAC East, while the Mules fall to 9-14 overall and 0-8 in the NESCAC East. Bates and Colby will meet again tomorrow, April 28 for a NESCAC East doubleheader on Leahey Field. Games are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m.
Junior Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) earned the win for the Bobcats, pitching seven innings. He improves to 6-1 this season. Collins allowed just two runs on 10 hits, striking out four and walking one. Junior Cameron Carlson (Tampa, Fla.) came in to face six batters. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out one and walked two. Junior Ryan Moralejo (Miami, Fla.) closed out the game for Bates. He faced four batters, striking out three of them.
Cameron Garfield took the loss for Colby. He is now 1-3 this season. Garfield allowed two runs on four hits and walked two. Frank Driscoll pitched five innings for the Mules. He allowed three runs on four hits, walked two and struck out seven. Andrew Sterup, Alexander Wieder and William Wessman also saw time on the mound for Colby.
Bates got on the board first, when first-year Bryan Gotti (Westwood, Mass.) led off the second inning with a home run, his second home run of the year. Colby tied up the game in the bottom of the second. Keenan Iuliano singled and Will Phillips reached on an error. The runners advanced to second and third when Tommy McGee grounded out to the pitcher, and Jackson Ward earned the RBI, when he grounded out to short stop, but scored Iuliano.
In the top of the third, sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) doubled and Gotti drove him in with a single to give Bates a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Mules knotted the game at 2-2 when a single by McGee scored Iuliano.
In the top of the fifth, it was Justin White's (Whitesboro, N.Y.) turn to lead off the inning with a home run. It was his first home run of the season. Bates took control of the game in the top of the sixth. Junior Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) reached on a fielder's choice, the second out of the inning. Junior Kyle Carter (Plantatian, Fla.) walked, and junior Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. White singled scoring Torres. Carter scored on a wild pitch. Junior Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) walked to load the bases again. A single by Beal drove in Arend and Lindgren.
The Bobcats ran away with the game scoring nine more runs in the top of the eighth. White doubled to start the inning. Arend walked, and Beal singled to load the bases. A single by Gotti drove in White and Arend. Coyne was hit by a pitch. A double by Torres scored Beal, Gotti and Coyne. Carter was then hit by a pitch, and Lindgren was walked. Torres then made it 13-2, scoring on a wild pitch. A double by White drove in Carter, and Arend grounded out to short stop, but Lindgren scored on the play to make it 15-2. A single by Beal scored White to give Bates a 16-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the eighth, Iuliano singled, and Ward singled with two outs. Chris Romano walked to load the bases, and then Matt Mitchell was walked, which brought in Iuliano for the final score.
The Bobcats registered a total of 14 hits. White and Beal went 4-for-6 for Bates, each logging three RBIs. White notched a home run, two doubles and scored four runs, while Beal scored twice and had a double. Gotti finished 3-for-5, with a home run, scoring twice and earning a team-high four RBIs. Torres recorded three RBIs and logged two doubles.
Iuliano led Colby with three hits in five at bats. He also scored three runs. Matt Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.