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Baseball plays competitively in loss at Division I Maine

ORONO, Maine -- The Bates baseball team had several bright spots on Wednesday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond, ultimately falling 10-3 in nine innings against the Division I Black Bears, who won their 14th straight game.

Alex Calbick belted a three-run home run and drove in four runs to lead Maine to its 14th straight victory, moving the Black Bears to 21-14 on the season. Bates, which also played at Maine two years ago and lost 7-2, dropped to 15-13 overall.

Bates got on the board with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) singled through the right side and scored on an error. Sophomore Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch. The Bobcats added a run in the eighth inning, as senior captain Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) singled and scored when sophomore Jeffrey Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) singled to right center.

Sophomore lefthander Chris Fusco (Annapolis, Md.) got the start for Bates and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and no walks. Sophomore righthander Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) followed and also pitched a pair of innings, allowing four unearned runs on three hits while falling to 2-1 on the season. He was one of six pitchers for the Bobcats, the last one being sophomore righthander Brad Reynolds (Louisville, Colo.), who was as effective as Fusco, holding Maine scoreless in two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two.

First-year Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) and Ciummei both went 2-for-4 on the day, leading Bates' seven-hit attack.

Maine opened the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ian Leisenheimer reached on an error and scored when Scott Heath singled to right field. Fran Whittten doubled to right center field and Colin Gay, who replaced Heath, moved to third base. Calbick then belted a three-run home run over the right field fence, his fourth of the season.

Maine added five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Troy Black reached on an infield hit and advanced to second on an error. He went to third on a wild pitch. Michael Fransoso walked and then stole second base. Both runners scored when Sam Balzano singled through a drawn in infield. Balzano scored when Calbick singled to right. Gay, who reached on an error, and Calbick, both scored when Justin Leisenheimer doubled to deep right field.

Maine extended its lead to 10-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fransoso singled to right field and scored when Whitten singled through the left side.

Jonathan Balentina started and went four scoreless innings on the mound for the Black Bears. He was replaced by D.J. Voisine, who went two innings and allowed two hits.

The Bobcats next play a three-game series at NESCAC East Division-leading Trinity, starting with a nine-inning game on Friday at 3pm.

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