Beaton drives in four runs in baseball's loss to No. 3 Southern Maine

Junior Will Sylvia went 2-5 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI at No. 3 nationally ranked University of Southern Maine Wednesday night. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

GORHAM, Maine -- Juniors Pat Beaton and Will Sylvia tallied four of the Bates baseball team's six hits in a 19-7 loss at No. 3 nationally ranked University of Southern Maine Wednesday night. 

Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) finished the game 2-4 with a run scored, a triple and four RBIs. Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) went 2-5 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. Junior captain Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) also had a solid day for Bates (17-14), going 1-3 at the plate with a pair of walks. Junior Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) went 1-1 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.

Sam Troiano paced the Huskies (29-5) at the plate, finishing the game 4-5 with four runs scored, two home runs and six RBIs. 

After falling behind 4-0, the Bobcats scored four runs in the top of the second to tie the game. First-year Bryan Gotti (Westwood, Mass.) drew a walk to start the frame. After a ground out moved him to second, Gotti scored on a Sylvia single to right center. With two away, Sylvia advanced to second on a passed ball and Carter drew a walk. Then Beaton clobbered a triple to dead center field. The throw to third was wild and went out of play, scoring Beaton and tying the game at four.

But the Huskies took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the second, keyed by Troiano's second home run in as many innings. 

Down 8-4, the Bobcats got one back in the top of the fourth. Sylvia doubled down the left field line to start the inning and advanced to third on a ground out. Carter drove him home with a sacrifice fly to left field. 

Two Bates errors opened the floodgates in the bottom of the fifth and USM scored six runs to take command of the game. Now down 14-5, the Bobcats scored twice in the top of the sixth. With two outs, junior Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) got hit by a pitch. Carter singled to right and both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. Then Beaton drove Torres and Carter home with a single to center.

As they had all night, the Huskies answered right away, this time with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 17-7. Troiano wasn't the only USM player to have a big game offensively, Jake Dexter  and Devin Warren also had four hits in the game, and Zach Quintal had three hits and four RBIs.

Tanner Laberge (3-0) picked up the win, going five innings.  The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out three.

Despite only tallying six hits, Bates drew nine walks in the contest. Six of the runs allowed by Bates pitching were unearned, due to four Bobcat errors on the night.

The Bobcats look to bounce back Saturday at Bowdoin. It's a huge NESCAC East doubleheader, with Bates needing to win one game to qualify for the four-team NESCAC tournament. First pitch of game one is set for 12pm.