|Bates College||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine — The Bates baseball team pounded out 11 hits but left eight men on base and hit into a pair of double plays in a 4-1 road loss to No. 24 nationally ranked St. Joseph’s College Wednesday afternoon.
Bates (11-6) saw their seven game winning streak come to an end with the loss to the Monks (23-4), who picked up their fifth consecutive victory.
The Bobcats got their first baserunner of the game in the top of the second when first-year Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) singled up the middle off Monks starter Aaron Hall. But Arend got caught stealing to end the inning.
In the top of the third, junior Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) reached on an infield single with one away. But Hall induced a fielder’s choice and a pop out to get out of the frame unscathed.
First-year Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) started the game on the mound for Bates. He retired the side in order in the first and worked out a two-out walk in the second. But Collins ran into some trouble in the third.
Nick Petchell singled through the right side to start the frame. Then the Monks lay down back-to-back perfect bunts to load the bases with nobody out. Jared Gagne drove in Petchell with a sacrifice fly and Collins hit Taylor Black with a pitch to load the bases again. Jameson Collins drove in a second run for the Monks with a sacrifice fly and Noah McDaniel followed with a RBI double. Collins got Dan Donovan to line out to center but Bates found themselves in a 3-0 hole through three.
First-year Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) reached on an error to start the top of the fourth but a double play eliminated him from the basepaths. Sophomore Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) followed with a single up the middle. Hall was able to get out of the inning by getting the next batter to foul out.
Collins worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth and the Monks brought in Steve Albert (2-0) out of the bullpen to pitch the fifth.
Arend started the fifth with a double to right center. The next two batters grounded out and struck out respectively before first-year Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) drew a walk. Albert got out of a jam thanks to a fielder’s choice and Bates still trailed 3-0 through four and a half.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Monks tallied their final run of the game. With two outs, Black reached on an infield single. Jameson Collins doubled in Black to extend the Monks lead to 4-1. After McDaniel drew a walk, Bates brought in senior Matt Doyle (Northborough, Mass.) and the southpaw got Donovan to fly out to end the inning.
Collins (0-2) went four and two thirds innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Carter and senior Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) started the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles. But a double play and a strikeout ended the threat.
The Bobcats finally pushed across a run in the top of the seventh.
With two outs, MacDonald reached on his second infield single of the afternoon. Sylvia followed with a single of his own and senior captain Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) singled in MacDonald to cut the deficit to 4-1. Unfortunately Carter flied out to end the inning.
Canavan and Trulli singled to begin the top of the eighth. But Canavan got caught stealing and back-to-back strikeouts ended the Bates scoring opportunity.
The Bobcats were sent down in order in the ninth as Josh Partridge earned the save with two scoreless innings to wrap up the game.
The bullpen excelled for Bates yet again on Wednesday. Doyle tossed an inning and a third of shutout ball. Sophomore Brendan Smith (Hingham, Mass.) pitched a scoreless eighth and first-year Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth. The Bobcat bullpen did not allow a hit on the afternoon.
Bates outhit St. Joseph’s 11-6 and did not commit an error in the field.