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Baseball wins 4-3 at Bowdoin in three-game series opener

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bates College baseball team staged a late rally to earn its first win in Brunswick since 2005, 4-3 over rival Bowdoin on Friday afternoon at Pickard Field.

With their first NESCAC East Division win, the Bobcats improved to 12-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The Polar Bears drop to 11-8 (0-1 NESCAC East) with the loss. The teams will play a doubleheader in Lewiston on Saturday beginning at noon.

With Bates trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth, first-year pinch hitter Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) delivered a two-out, bases-loaded single through the left side of the infield, bringing home sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine) to give the Bobcats the 4-3 lead. Bowdoin put baserunners on in both the eighth and ninth but couldn't plate a run to tie the game.

Junior Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) earned the win for Bates, tossing eight innings and allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out six. Sophomore Brad Reynolds (Louisville, Colo.) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save for the Bobcats. Christian Martin got a no-decision for Bowdoin after allowing eight hits and two earned over seven frames with nine strikouts. Henry Van Zant was charged with the loss after allowing the two Bates runs in the eighth.

Bowdoin had taken a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Tim McGarry brought home Kyle LeBlanc and Luke Regan with a double to right center. Bates trimmed the lead to 3-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) that scored first-year Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine).

Hyde went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Bates. Tewksbury, junior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) and senior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) each had a pair of hits for the Bobcats. McGarry and Regan each had two hits for Bowdoin.

Box Score and Play by Play: Bates 4, Bowdoin 3