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Baseball departs Georgia with another split at Berry College



C. Burke




ROME, Ga. - The Bates baseball team split a doubleheader, and a four-game series, at Berry College on Saturday, defeating the host Vikings 3-1 in the first game before Berry won 15-2 to finish the series in Game 2.

Berry mustered just five hits against three Bates pitchers in the day's opener, while Bates banged out 10 hits.

Bates senior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) doubled to lead off the sixth, then came home on a wild pitch and a balk, tying the game at 1-1. Sophomore Ryan Sonberg (South Windsor, Conn.) followed with a triple, and he came home on another wild pitch. The Bobcats added an insurance run in the seventh when Simon singled to drive in senior Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.), who had led off with a single.

Bates sophomore Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) earned the victory for the Bobcats after allowing just one unearned run in five innings of work, scattering four hits and two walks while fanning two. Sophomore Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) picked up the save with a 1-2-3 seventh inning, including two strikeouts. Lynd pitched in with a shutout sixth inning in relief of Antonellis.

Sonberg was 2-for-2, while Simon and Chris Burke were both 2-for-4.

Berry starter Josh Dilbeck (2-3) took the loss. Dilbeck allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He fanned three batters.

In the finale of the four-game series between the teams, Berry scored seven runs in the second inning to blow the game open after trailing 1-0. The Vikings sent 13 men to plate in the inning and took advantage of seven hits, two walks and an error that led to five unearned runs.

Berry added another run in the third on Cory Pitts' RBI single, then score three more in the fourth on RBI singles by Brandyn Jackson, Drew McDuffie and Pitts.

With more than enough offensive support, Berry starter TJ Page (1-1) was cruising. He allowed one earned run in seven innings, while striking out four batters and walking none.

Pitts drove in three runs for the Vikings, while going 3-for-3 at the plate. Neely and McDuffie collected three hits, two RBIs and scored once each.

Bates sophomore starter Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) took the loss after allowing seven runs, just two of which were earned, in two innings of work.

Bates had seven hits in the loss, led by first-year Griff Tewksbury's (Concord, N.H.) 2-for-3 outing.

Bates (4-7) is next scheduled to play March 23 at Husson, starting at 3 p.m.

Game 1 Box Score: Bates 3, Berry 1

Game 2 Box Score: Berry 15, Bates 2