PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Bates junior Kevin Davis cracked a two-out, two-run double in the third inning Thursday afternoon and five Bates pitchers limited Plymouth State University to one run on four hits as the visiting Bobcats edged the Panthers, 2-1, in a non-conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Bates (11-11) returned to the .500 mark with the win, while PSU dipped to 14-13.
PSU hurlers also limited Bates hitters to just four hits, but Davis’ (North Andover, Mass.) double proved to be the difference. Sophomore Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) drew a one-out walk in the third and junior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) followed with a single to right. An infield grounder put both runners in scoring position, and Davis delivered the key hit to bring home both runners. Davis was 2-for-3, the only player in the game with multiple hits, raising his batting average to .317 and his team-high RBI total to 18.
The Panthers cut the deficit in half in the fifth inning, when junior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomore Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) led off with singles and sophomore Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Senior Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) drew a walk to bring home a run and force a pitching change, but Bates sophomore reliever Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) got the next batter to pop up and then induced a double-play ball to end the inning.
Plymouth State put a potential tying run in scoring position in each of the last three innings, but couldn’t push a run across.
Maliska (2-0) earned the win for Bates, working two perfect innings in relief of sophomore starter Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.), who pitched the first four frames. Maliska lowered his ERA to 1.17 this season over five relief appearances and 7.2 innings. Opposing hitters are batting .100 against him.
Sophomore Dillon Dresser (Falmouth, Maine), senior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Brad Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.) each tossed an inning of scoreless relief, with Reynolds striking out three Panthers in the ninth for his first save this season.
PSU starter Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) suffered the loss, giving up two hits and six walks in 5.2 innings, striking out two. Junior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H.) pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while fanning two.
Bates returns home to host Trinity College in a three-game NESCAC East Division series at Leahey Field, beginning Friday at 3pm.