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Baseball suffers hard-luck loss to Trinity, 4-3

Sam Berry '16 clouted a solo home run in the second to even the game at 1-1 (top), and was greeted by his teammates afterward (below). Photos by Michael Bradley/Bates College.
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LEWISTON, Maine -- Bryan Ginsberg's pinch hit single in the seventh inning put Trinity ahead to stay, as the Bantams rode a complete-game performance by Peter Burrows to win 4-3 over the Bates baseball team on Friday at Leahey Field.

Bates (11-12, 2-5 NESCAC East Division) out-hit Trinity (15-13, 6-4) 11 to 6, but the Bobcats left nine men on base to Trinity's three.

Burrows (2-2) allowed Bates to tie the game at 3-3 after six innings; Bantam manager Mark Lambert left him in to start the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, and he responded with three shutout innings.

Bates got three hits in the ninth off of Burrows but failed to score. Sophomore Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) singled up the middle to lead off the inning, making him 4-for-4 for the day. Junior Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) followed with a single to center field -- Trinity's Mark Rueger dived for the liner into shallow right center and couldn't make the catch, but Pajka was caught halfway between first and second base and was thrown out at second by the center fielder.

Bates' rally continued, however, as sophomore Rockwell Jackson's (Fort Worth, Texas) hard single through the right side put men on first and second for junior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.). Burrows got Tewksbury into a 0-2 count before the second baseman lined out to left. Bates' top hitter this season, senior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.), came up next and also fell into an 0-2 hole before grounding out to shortstop to end the game.

Steve Burke '14 showed bunt before pulling back and lacing a single into center field as part of a ninth-inning rally that came up short for the Bobcats. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Steve Burke '14 showed bunt on this at-bat before pulling back and lacing a single into center field as part of a ninth-inning rally that came up short for the Bobcats. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Trinity scored its first run without the benefit of a hit, as Joe Papa drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a balk and scored on Robert Ferrara's groundout.

Bates evened the game in the bottom of the second as first-year Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) lofted a high, tailing fly ball over the fence in left and fair by about 15 feet, his first collegiate round-tripper.

The Bobcats assumed a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Pajka stroked his second double of the game into left field with two outs. Burke followed with a single down the left-field line to plate Pajka.

Trinity answered with two runs on one hit in the top of the fifth to retake the lead, taking advantage of another leadoff walk and a Bates error. Ferrara drew the walk and moved to second as Cameron Armstrong singled to left. Adam Moossmann bunted both runners over, bringing up Scott Cullinane, who reached on an error as Ferrara scored and Armstrong made it to third. Alex Almeida's fielder's choice ground ball scored Armstrong to make it 3-2 in the Bantams' favor.

Bates tied it back up at 3-3 in the sixth. Leading off, senior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) reached on a bobbled ground ball. He was bunted to second by Berry, and got to third on a groundout by sophomore Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) to bring up Pajka. Pajka stroked an opposite-field single to left that was overrun by the Bantam left fielder as McGregor crossed the plate. Burrows struck out Burke swinging to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Armstrong hit a one-out single and stole second base while Ginsberg was hitting for Moossmann. Ginsberg's single to right field scored Armstrong with the eventual game-winning run, though he was thrown out at second trying to take the extra base on the play.

Bates junior starting pitcher Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) suffered the loss in an impressive effort, going 8.0 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Baroni, who went 8-plus innings for the third time this season, was replaced by sophomore Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) after giving up a single to start the ninth inning. Warren held Trinity scoreless with two strikeouts.

Burrows allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and a walk while striking out four.

The teams resume their three-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 12pm.

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