|Suffolk University||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates baseball team split a doubleheader with Suffolk University on Thursday, dropping game one 10-1 before bouncing back to win game two in 12 innings by a score of 2-1.
The Bobcats (16-16) take on Middlebury Friday at 3:00 p.m. to begin the four-team double elimination NESCAC tournament.
The Bobcats defeated two opponents in game two, the Rams and the onrushing darkness at Leahey Field.
With the game on the brink of being called on account of darkness, sophomore Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) drove in Carter with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th to give Bates a 2-1 victory.
With the game tied at one, Canavan singled to begin the 12th inning. Carter pinch ran and junior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) got hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet and the Rams elected to intentionally walk first-year Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) to set up a force at any base. Trulli made them pay by hitting a fly ball deep enough to center to plate Carter, setting off a celebration in right-center field as Trulli tried to escape his jubilant teammates.
The Bates pitching staff shined in game two. After giving up a solo home run to Chant in the top of the first, senior Matt Casieri (Medfield, Mass.) settled down and delivered a strong performance, going four innings of one-run ball. He allowed three hits while striking out three and issuing no walks.
First-year Will Slayne (Dedham, Mass.) turned in perhaps the most impressive performance of the day. Making only his second appearance of the season, Slayne threw five shutout innings out of the bullpen, scattering five hits and striking out three.
He kept the Rams at bay and Bates extended the game by rallying for a run in the bottom of the seventh.
First-year Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) walked to start the frame. Senior John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) pinch ran and Sylvia bunted him to second base.
Senior captain Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) drew a walk and senior captain Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) singled in Dinucci to even the score at one.
Both teams went down in order in the eighth and Slayne worked out of a big jam in the top of the ninth. With one out, Belskie and B.J. Neil smacked back-to-back singles. With two away, Chant stepped to the plate and Slayne got him to line out to center to end the inning. The first time the Bobcats got Chant out on the day came at the perfect time.
First-year Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) relieved Slayne in the 10th. He tossed a 1-2-3 inning and worked around a two-out double in the 11th.
Michaud (1-2) struck out three over three innings to earn his first collegiate win, allowing only one hit along the way.
The Bobcats won game two despite being outhit 9-7 by the Rams. Trulli finished the game 1-4 with a double, a run batted in and a walk.