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Bantams roll past baseball team

C. Burke

Maxwell

Beaton

Horvath

LEWISTON, Maine -- Trinity College scored eight runs in the fourth inning, including seven with two outs, to blow open a close game, as the defending NCAA Division III champion Bantams rolled past host Bates College baseball team 14-2 on Friday.

Trinity moves to 16-3 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC East Division play, while Bates drops to 7-11 overall, 3-4 in the NESCAC East. The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12 p.m. at Bates' Leahey Field.

Bantams righthander Jeremiah Bayer allowed one first-inning run to Bates in his seven innings of work. Bayer (6-0) gave up five hits and no walks while striking out five to earn the win.

Bates struck first with a single run in the first. Junior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) reached on an error to lead off, advanced to second on a groundout, and came home when sophomore Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) laced a double down the right field line.

The Bobcats added another run in the ninth when Chris Burke hit a one-out single, reached second on an error and scored on a single to center by senior Tyler Maxwell (Coventry, Vt.).

Trinity trailed 1-0 heading into the third, when the Bantams plated three runs on four hits off of Bates first-year starter Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.), including an RBI double by Matt Sullivan.

The Bantams broke the game open in the fourth, after loading the bases with one out. The Bobcats got the second out with a fielder's choice groundout, but Kent Graham drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1, and James Wood followed with a two-run single up the middle. Trinity loaded the bases again with a walk, and Alexander was replaced by first-year Tyler Kuehl (Plymouth, N.H.) on the mound. A wild pitch made it 7-1, and Joe Markovich singled to right center to score two more Trinity runs. Sam Simons put a final stamp on the damage with a two-run homer to left field, his first round-tripper of the season.

Trinity added single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings, including a solo homer by Ryan Piacentini in the seventh.

Trinity collected 17 hits, as Jack Abbott went 3-for-6 and Sean Killeen, Wood and Sullivan added two hits apiece.

Bates had five hits in the game, including two by Chris Burke. Junior Ryan Horvath (Fort Myers, Fla.) relieved Kuehl in the eighth and allowed one run in two innings of work.

BOX SCORE: Trinity 14, Bates 2

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