HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates College baseball team scored three runs in the top of the 13th inning and received stellar relief pitching from Brad Reynolds and Mike Antonellis to gut out an 8-5 win in Game 2 of a NESCAC East Division doubleheader at Trinity College on Saturday. The host Bantams edged the Bobcats 2-1 in the seven-inning Game 1 to win two out of three games in the series.
Bates junior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) walked to lead off the 13th inning of the nightcap, after falling behind in the count 0-and-2, and classmate Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) drove him in for the go-ahead run with a single to center field. Senior captain Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) and sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) added RBI singles later in the inning to give Bates a three-run cushion, and Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) completed an 11-out relief win by striking out the side in the bottom of the inning. Antonellis, who did not allow a run despite pitching in two separate innings where the bases were loaded, and sophomore lefty Reynolds (Louisville, Colo.), combined to toss 9.1 innings and allow four hits and one run with eight K’s for the Bobcats. Four Trinity relievers were nearly equal to the task, led by Peter Burrows, who had not yielded a run and had given up just three hits with three strikeouts in eight innings out of the bullpen before walking Sonberg to start the game’s final inning.
Trailing, 5-4, Trinity had tied the game in the eighth inning on a two-out, infield hit off Reynolds’ glove by David Casanova (Bristol, Conn.) that scored Luke Auger from third. Casanova finished 3-for-5 with a stolen base in game two, while Wolfe was 2-for-4.
Davis and Ciummei each had breakout games with four hits for Bates, while sophomore Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) had two hits and scored four times.
In Game 1, Bates sophomore LHP Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) was the hard-luck loser for the second weekend in a row, throwing a complete-game four-hitter that included three strikeouts and no walks.
Sean Meekins won his sixth straight decision and fellow rookie Brian Wolfe drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Trinity. Meekins allowed five hits and one run with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings to improve to 6-0, while Ben Goldberg pitched a scoreless seventh frame for his fifth save.
The Bobcats broke a scoreless tie on an RBI single by Tewksbury in the top of the fifth inning, but the Bantams returned the favor in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI hit by Adam Moossmann. Alex Almeida led off the bottom of the sixth frame with a double, and scored on Wolfe's game-winning, two-out double.