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Baseball team splits doubleheader at Swarthmore

SWARTHMORE, Pa. -- Mekae Hyde led Bates' 15-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple, and Michael Spinosa notched a complete-game victory, as the Bates baseball team rebounded from a 13-0 loss in Game 1 to split Sunday's doubleheader at Swarthmore College with a 7-2 win in Game 2.

Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) faced only one hitter over the minimum through the first three innings, allowing the Bobcats to enter the fourth with a 3-0 lead after their two-out, three-run rally in the top of the third, keyed by first-year Nate Pajka's (Douglas, Mass.) two-run double, which scored Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) and sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.). Junior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) followed Pajka with a single to left that scored Pajka.

Swarthmore cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth, reaching Spinosa with three singles and a walk. The Garnet loaded the bases twice in the inning, but Spinosa escaped further damage by inducing a groundout to leave three men on base.

Bates rallied for three more runs in the fifth for a 6-2 advantage. Tewksbury led off with a single, and Hyde chased him home iwth a double down the left-field line. Pajka singled and stole second base, and he followed Hyde home on a two-run double down the left-field line by McGregor. The Bobcats tacked on another run in the sixth, as sophomore Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine) singled and scored on Hyde's triple to right-center.

Spinosa scattered five hits and two walks over seven innings to raise his record to 2-0. Hyde was 4-for-4 in the game, while both Tewksbury and Pajka were 3-for-4. McGregor went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.

An offensive onslaught and an ace-like performance from Kyle Crawford helped Swarthmore control Game 1. Crawford allowed Bates five singles through a seven-inning complete game shutout, striking out five and walking one, raising his record to 4-0.

The outpouring of scoring started in the third for Swarthmore, when Anthony Montalbano singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Nicko Burnett walked, and Mike Waterhouse plated Montalbano with a single. Tim Kwilos then doubled home Burnett and Waterhouse to give the Garnet a 3-0 lead.

Swarthmore tacked on three more in the fourth on a 3-run homer by Burnett, his fourth of the year.  McTear singled in a run in the fifth to stretch the advantage to 7-0. Swarthmore added six runs in the sixth to break the game wide open even further. McGregor (1-1) started for Bates and went five innings in accepting the loss.

Tewksbury was an impressive 6-for-7 on the day, while both Pajka and Hyde had four hits apiece. The Bobcats turned three double plays in both contests.

Bates (9-4) next plays a non-conference, nine-inning game at Salem State on Saturday, March 24 at 12pm.

Game 1 Box Score: Swarthmore 13, Bates 0

Game 2 Box Score: Bates 7, Swarthmore 2