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Huge comeback lifts baseball to 13-12 win in 10 innings

ROME, Ga. -- The Bates College baseball team scored eight runs in the top of the ninth inning, then added the winning run in the top of the 10th for a 13-12 victory at Berry College, in the rubber game of the teams' three-game series.

First-year Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) scored the winning run on sophomore Jeff Gunn's (Atlanta, Ga.) screaming line drive RBI single past Berry's Preston Neely at third base and into left field. Hyde had hit a one-out single, stolen second base and moved to third on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) set the Vikings down in order in the bottom of the 10th for the save.

Six consecutive walks, including four with the bases loaded, combined with several run-scoring hits and two Berry errors allowed Bates to come all the way back and tie the score 12-12.

Senior captain Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.), sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.), Hyde and Gunn recorded two hits apiece for the Bobcats. Tewksbury and Gunn drove in two runs apiece.

Berry rapped out 20 hits, Bates collected 14, and the game lasted over four hours.

Berry led 3-0 heading into the top of the fifth, when Bates' offense awakened, scoring three runs to knot up the game at 3-3. Tewksbury hit a bases-loaded single to score Ciummei and sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.), and sophomore Jeff Clausen (Southold, N.Y.) scored on a sacrifice fly by first-year Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.).

Aaron Epp made his first college start for Berry, pitching four innings of three-run ball, while his Bates counterpart, junior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.), also pitched four frames and allowed three earned runs.

Sophomore A.J. DeBenedictis (Norwell, Mass.), the sixth of seven pitchers used by Bates, earned the victory with two shutout innings of relief; TJ Page (0-1) took the loss for Berry.

Box Score: Bates 13, Berry 12 (10)