FARMINGTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team received excellent pitching and a grand slam home run by Kevin Davis, as the Bobcats bagged a pair of non-conference wins over the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday, 8-1 and 10-0, at Hippach Field.
The Beavers ended their 2012 season at 8-28, while the Bobcats improved to 18-15. Bates is scheduled to visit Colby Saturday for a NESCAC East Division doubleheader Saturday at noon, followed by a "home" game against Colby on Sunday at Hadlock Field in Portland.
In the first game, Bates jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to the 8-1 win over the Beavers.
Senior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) singled three times, doubled and drove in a run for the Bobcats, while sophomore Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine) went 4 for 4 at the plate with an RBI.
Bates parlayed three walks, two hits and an error in the first to build its 4-0 command. Curit delivered an RBI single in the frame. The Bobcats pushed across two more runs in the second on a Ciummei RBI double and a run-scoring grounder by first-year Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) for a 6-0 lead, and another pair in the fifth for an 8-0 lead. UMF got on the board in the sixth with an RBI single by Matthew Woodbury, who smacked two singles for the Beavers.
Sophomore Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) went four innings for Bates to earn the win. Bonneau walked one and struck out three.
Brandon Gallagher was hit with the loss with 10 hits allowed, five walks and eight strikeouts.
In game two, Bates exploded for nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings to defeat the Beavers 10-1 in the nightcap.
With Bates holding a 1-0 lead after four innings, sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) cranked a grand-slam home run in the fifth to give the Bobcats a 5-0 lead. Ciummei, Davis and junior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) each had a run-scoring hit in the sixth as the Bobcats scored five times for a 10-0 cushion.
Brett Wallingford singled twice for UMF, which scored on a Ben Pearson RBI single in the seventh.
Davis finished with a single and a double to go along with his fifth-inning blast, with Ciummei and sophomore Jeffrey Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) each smacking a single and a double. Curit, Sonberg and first-year Alex Parker (Lewiston, Maine) each offered a two-hit game for the Bobcats.
Casey Ashey tossed 5.1 innings in defeat. Ashey gave up 13 hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Bates sophomore lefthander Chris Fusco (Annapolis, Md.) held the Beavers to two hits over five innings with a walk and three strikeouts to notch the win, moving to 2-0.