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Baseball collects 13 hits at Endicott in 10-7 setback

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Endicott College and the Bates College baseball team each collected 13 hits but in the end it was the host Gulls who came away with a 10-7 victory on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference baseball action at North Field.

The Gulls end their three-game losing streak and improved to 11-12, while Bates falls to 11-8 with its fourth straight loss.

First baseman Colin Sitarz had a big day for Endicott, going 2-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. He was one of four Gulls who had multiple hit games.

Endicott jumped in front with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, as they saw their first four runners reach base. Tad Gold tripled to right center and came in to score on an RBI groundout by Sitarz.

Earlier in the inning, E.J. Martinez sent a double down the left-field line to score Daniel Mello, who was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Martinez came in to score when Eric Lemke sent a shot down the right field line that could have been an RBI double, though Lemke was thrown out at second base on a strong relay play.

The Bobcats retook the lead with four runs in the top of the third, all of them unearned after a two-out error by Mello allowed senior third baseman Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) to reach. Ciummei and sophomore catcher Jeffrey Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) came around on a towering double by sophomore second baseman Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.).

First-year left fielder Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) took the next pitch and deposited it in the same spot as Tewksbury for a double, then came around as well on a bloop single by sophomore center fielder Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.).

Burke led the Bobcats with a 3-5 day at the plate, while Gunn, Tewksbury and first-year right fielder Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) all had two hits. Tewksbury and Pajka drove in a pair of runs each.

Endicott got the four runs back in the bottom of the fourth, when Gold led off with a double and scored when Harry Oringer beat out a ground ball to shortstop, advancing to second on a throwing error.

Oringer and Sitarz crossed the plate on a triple to deep left field by Conor Ressel. Robbie Goldstick followed with an RBI single to extend Endicott’s lead to 7-4.

Sitarz added a two-run double in the fifth and Michael Russo singled him home for Endicott, who jumped out to a 10-5 lead.

Ciummei pounded a double to right field in the seventh inning and the Bobcats grabbed another run on a sacrifice fly to center by Pajka.

Endicott starter Mike Nich settled down after allowing four unearned runs in the third inning. Nich went six innings and allowed just two earned runs on nine hits. He collected six strikeouts without issuing a walk on the outing, improving to 2-2 on the season. John Morrison pitched an inning and a third to pick up his second save of the season.

Bates sophomore starter Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) lasted one inning, allowing three earned runs on three hits. Junior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) went four innings in relief, allowing seven runs, six of them earned on nine hits and saw his record drop to 1-2.

Bates will return to NESCAC East Division play on Friday afternoon when they play at Bowdoin at 3pm.

Box Score: Endicott 10, Bates 7