GORHAM, Maine -- Bates junior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) went 4-for-4 at the plate, but the University of Southern Maine defeated the Bates baseball team 6-1 in a non-conference game at the USM Baseball Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
David Ricker had three hits and scored a pair of runs for the Huskies, who won their fourth straight game and improved their record to 20-16 overall. The Bobcats, who came into the game riding a six-game winning streak, fall to 21-16.
Ricker reached base all four times he batted. He sparked a four-run first inning with a leadoff single. He had a single in the second inning, a double in the fourth and he walked in the sixth. Ricker also stole three bases.
Tucker White was the only other USM hitter with a pair of hits in the game. Nick Grady scored two runs and had a two-run single in the first inning.
Led by Sonberg, Bates outhit USM 10-8. Senior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.), sophomore Jeffrey Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) and rookie Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) had two hits apiece, the foursome accounting for all of Bates' hits.
USM freshman righthander Alex Tobey went the first five innings on the hill to pick up his second win of the season. Tobey gave up five hits, one run and no walks while fanning two. Four hurlers each pitched an inning of shutout relief.
Sophomore lefthander Brad Reynolds (Louisville, Colo.), making his first start of the season after a team-high 11 relief appearances, went two innings and was tagged with the loss after allowing six hits and four runs. Junior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) pitched four innings in long relief allowing only two hits, no earned runs and one walk. Antonellis struck out three.
Ricker led off the Huskies' half of the first inning with a single. Jake Glauser and White followed with singles to load the bases. Grady singled home Ricker and Glauser, and White came home on a throwing error. Grady, who took second on the error, later came around to score on a pair of groundouts.
Ricker hit a one-out double in the fourth, stole third and scored on a throwing error.
Bates touched Tobey for its run in the fifth. Three straight singles by Gunn, Pajka and Sonberg loaded the bases. First-year Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Gunn, but Tobey got the next hitter to ground out to escape further trouble.
The Huskies picked up an unearned run in their half as Grady reached on a fielding error and moved to second on a single by Forrest Chadwick. Grady took third on a fielder's choice, and scored on another fielder's choice as he beat the play at the plate.
Bates made things interesting in the ninth inning with three consecutive two-out singles by Gunn, Pajka and Sonberg, but Dustin Stanton was able to get the final out on a fly ball.
Bates is off until Sunday at 12pm, when it hosts Williams for a doubleheader.