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Baseball pounces on Gordon for 11-1 victory

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates baseball team saw four pitchers combine to limit Gordon College to one unearned run in nine innings, while the Bobcats collected 13 hits in an 11-1, non-conference win at Leahey Field on Wednesday.

Bates (10-11) travels to Plymouth State on Thursday for a 4pm non-conference game (Live Stats), before opening a three-game NESCAC series against Trinity on Friday.

Gordon (16-11) starting pitcher Ryan Block held Bates scoreless through the first two innings before giving way to Wesley Arning, the first of seven relief pitchers used by the Fighting Scots. Arning was greeted by a leadoff single by sophomore Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine), followed by a single by Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.), a walk to first-year Kevin Kennedy (Towaco, N.J.) and an RBI single to right field by sophomore Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) before he struck out junior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) with the bases loaded for the first out of the inning. But Bates then got a single to left by senior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.), and Jackson and Kennedy came home when junior Kevin Davis (North Andover, Mass.) sharp grounder was misplayed at shortstop, giving Bates a 4-0 lead.

Gordon got a run back in the fourth as Eric Rinaldi's leadoff single was misplayed for a two-base error, putting Rinaldi on third. Alex Potocki brought Rinaldi home with an RBI groundout. Bates starting pitcher Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif.) allowed two more Gordon hitters to reach base but left them stranded.

Ward gave way after four innings to first-year Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), whose two shutout innings of relief in earned him the victory in his second pitching appearance of the season. Meanwhile Bates added three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to stake Bates' third pitcher, first-year Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.), to a 9-1 lead as he began the seventh inning. Warren allowed one walk in two no-hit, shutout innings, including three strikeouts. After Bates plated two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, junior Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) pitched the final inning in mopup duty.

Bates' three-run fifth inning featured consecutive singles by Tewksbury and Sonberg, followed by another run-scoring hit by Davis, a double to left field. With Sonberg on third and Davis on second, lefthander Jared Kefalas was summoned to face Bates senior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.), who poked a single into left field to score both runners for a 7-1 lead.

Hyde and Sonberg both had three hits for Bates; Davis drove in three runs and Kennedy scored three runs.

Gordon totaled seven hits by seven different hitters, including a double by Ben Davidson.

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The Bates baseball team saw four pitchers combine to limit Gordon College to one unearned run in nine innings, while the Bobcats collected 13 hits in an 11-1, non-conference win at Leahey Field on Wednesday.