LEWISTON, Maine -- Trinity College completed a three-game sweep of the Bates College baseball team, with all three games decided by one run, on Saturday with a 3-2 seven-inning win in Game 1 and a 12-11 victory in nine innings in Game 2.
The Bantams rose to 17-13 overall and 8-4 in NESCAC East Division play, while Bates fell to 11-14 overall, 2-7 in the NESCAC East, and was eliminated from postseason contention.
Game 1 Recap
Alex Almeida doubled in the top of the seventh inning to score Stephen Howard with the go-ahead run. Howard had led off the inning with a walk.
Almeida scored Trinity's first run in the first, drawing walk, stealing second base and scoring on Marc Crowley's single.
Bates grabbed a 2-1 lead with two runs in the third, both scored on wild pitches by Trinity starter Sean Meekins. Samuel Warren hit a leadoff double and moved to third on sophomore Rockwell Jackson's (Fort Worth, Texas) grounder. Senior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch as Warren scored. Sonberg reached third on junior Kevin Davis's (North Andover, Mass.) single, then scored on Meekins' third wild pitch of the frame.
Trinity tied it up at 2-2 in the fourth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk to Robert Ferrara, a passed ball and an RBI groundout by Stephen Rogers.
Bates starter Brad Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.) went 6.2 innings and allowed all three runs, all earned, limiting the Bantams to four hits but walking five while striking out four.
Trinity's Patrick Carbone (1-0) replaced Meekins during the fourth inning and went the rest of the way for the victory, holding Bates scoreless over 3.1 innings.
Game 2 Recap
Bates had three big innings of three or more runs, but Trinity countered with five runs in the fifth and five more in the seventh to prevail in a wild nightcap that saw both teams trot out six pitchers apiece and lasted about four hours.
Almeida and Rogers each scored twice, each had three of Trinity's 16 hits in the game, and Almeida drove in four runs while Rogers drove in three to power the Bantams.
Meekins earned the win despite allowing Bates three runs in the sixth, one of them an inherited runner. Ben Goldberg inherited a 12-10 lead after Trinity scored five in the top of the seventh, and he held Bates to one unearned run in three innings for the save.
Jackson led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to center. Junior Griff Tewksbury's (Concord, N.H.) bloop dropped into center field, but Jackson, holding up in case the ball was caught, was thrown out at second alertly by the shortstop Rogers. Sonberg's hard grounder up the middle was corralled by Rogers, but his flip to second was dropped, putting runners at first and second for Davis. Davis's sharp grounder to first was fielded cleanly, but Joe Papa, trying to start a double play, threw wide of second base, loading the bases for sophomore Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine). Hyde then singled to right for his third hit and third RBI of the game, closing the gap to 12-11 and keeping the bases loaded with one out. But Goldberg finished off the sweep by inducing a popup and a groundout.
Bates came back from a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the fourth. Davis walked and Hyde doubled to lead off, and Warren doubled to right to score both runners. Sophomore Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) pulled a single through the right side to chase Trinity starter John Meuchner, and Warren came home on a wild pitch by reliever Dylan Callahan.
Trinity's five-run fifth included five hits, highlighted by Almeida's RBI double and RBI singles by Rogers and Ferrara. Ferrara was caught in a rundown attempting to steal second for the third out, but not before Papa crossed home plate for a 7-3 Trinity lead.
Bates tied the game at 7-7 with four runs on four hits in the fifth, including RBI singles by Hyde and senior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.).
Bates added three more runs in the sixth to assume a 10-7 lead. Tewksbury drew a leadoff walk off of Trinity reliever Patrick Carbone, and Meekins was summoned in relief. Tewksbury stole second, moved to third on Sonberg's single, then scored on a wild pitch. Davis then lofted a double against the left-field fence to score Sonberg, and he took the extra base on the throw home. Hyde then flied to deep center to score Davis easily, but Meekins escaped further damage.
Trinity's five-run seventh also featured five hits. Bates senior reliever Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) struck out Michael Rueger to start the frame, but was lifted in favor of first-year Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.) after walking Ferrara. DiFranco allowed three straight singles without getting an out, and was replaced by first-year Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.), who gave up a walk and a hit, Almeida's two-run single through the right side, before he too was replaced without recording an out. Colombo was lifted for senior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.), who was greeted by Rogers' double into the gap in right-center before he outed the next two batters to finally end the inning.
Bates hosts UMaine-Farmington on Wednesday at 3pm.