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Baseball erases 4-0 deficit to beat Trinity, 6-4

Michael Spinosa '13 threw 3 2/3 innings without allowing Trinity a hit or a run. (File photo)

C. Burke








LEWISTON, Maine -- With rain and snow blowing in from the outfield at Leahey Field throughout the game on Saturday morning, the Bates College baseball team erased a 4-0 deficit to defeat Trinity College 6-4 in NESCAC East Division play, evening their three-game series. The second game of a scheduled doubleheader between the teams was postponed to tomorrow at 11 a.m. The game can be followed via Live Stats.

Senior Chris Burke's (Andover, Mass.) squeeze bunt single scored sophomore Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) with the go-ahead run in Bates' three-run sixth inning. Burke, who was 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases, swiped second base and then scored for a 6-4 lead when senior Noah Lynd's (Meriden, N.H.) grounder hopped through the legs of Trinity shortstop Stephen Howard.

Bates sophomore Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) came on to pitch a shutout ninth inning, becoming the fifth Bobcat pitcher to register a save this season.

Bates junior Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) pitched 3 2/3 innings of no-hit, scoreless ball in relief of sophomore starter Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.). Spinosa walked four Bantams and struck out one.

Bates scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 4-3. Senior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) singled home first-year Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) for the Bobcats' first run, moving Chris Burke to third base. Webb then stole second base when he eluded Trinity second baseman Joe Papa's tag, and took third base as Burke broke from third and beat the throw home. Junior Mike Ciummei's (Acton, Mass.) fly ball to center field scored Webb to close the gap to 4-3.

Trinity scored single runs in the first and second innings, both on Bates miscues. Michael Rueger led off the game with a walk, moved to second on another walk, then took third base and home plate on a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Luke Auger was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the second, and moved up two bases on David Casanova's single to left, though Casanova was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. Auger scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.

The Bantams plated two more runs in the third on the strength of four hits off of McGregor, including an RBI double by Marc Crowley. Spinosa came on for McGregor and induced Auger into an inning-ending double play.

Senior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base, which raised his Bates career record total to 47, and his season total to 16 on 18 attempts.

Box Score and Play by Play: Bates 6, Trinity 4