ROME, Ga. -- Kevin McGregor's RBI single scored Griff Tewksbury with the winning run and completed his 4-for-4 game, helping the Bates College baseball team sweep a doubleheader at Berry College on Wednesday. The Bobcats outhit the Vikings 22-7 en route to winning 10-1 in Game 1 and 5-4 in Game 2.
The Bobcats (2-1) win the three-game, season-opening series following Berry's one-hit shutout of Bates yesterday. Bates continues its week in Georgia on Friday with a nine-inning game at Emory University, beginning at 2pm. (Live Stats / Video)
Bates got the bats going immediately in Game 1, scoring four runs on three hits while taking advantage of three Berry errors. The Bobcats loaded the bases with no outs as senior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) was hit by a pitch, sophomore Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) hit an infield single and Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) reached on an error. First-year Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) then singled up the middle to score Sonberg for Bates' first run of the season. Junior Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) reached on another error to load the bases with one out, and junior Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) singled through the hole to plate Hyde and Tewksbury. Burke scored a fourth run on Berry's third error of the inning.
The Bobcats opened up a 7-0 lead in the top of the third, as Davis, first-year Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass.), sophomore Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.), Sonberg and Hyde hit successive one-out singles off of Berry reliever Michael Gwin.
Bates' starting pitcher, junior lefthander Brad Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.), got through a third shutout inning before giving way to first-year righthander Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.). Warren lasted another two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk to receive the win. First-year righthander Connor Colombo (Mendon, Mass.) threw two perfect innings in the sixth and seventh to finish off Game 1.
Bates made it 8-0 in the fourth as Berry led off with a single and later scored on Davis's sacrifice fly to right. The Bobcats added another pair of runs in the fifth, featuring RBI singles by Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) and McGregor (Randolph, N.J.).
Game 2 represented the first close contest of the season for Bates, though the Bobcats outhit the Vikings by a 10-3 margin, thanks in great part to McGregor's 4-for-4 performance from the fifth spot in the batting order.
McGregor scored the first run of the game after hitting a one-out single up the middle in the second. Burke singled and Pajka walked to load the bases for junior Jeff Gunn (Lilburn, Ga.), who drew an RBI walk before Berry starter Chad Busby escaped further damage by getting two straight outs.
Bates junior starter Chris Fusco (Annapolis, Md.) again held Berry scoreless through the first three innings, allowing one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
Berry evened the score at 1-1 with an unearned run off of Bates sophomore Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine), but the Bobcats scored three in the top of the fifth for a 4-1 lead. Davis led off the inning with a double to right center off of Danny Parry, then scored after a passed ball and Tewksbury's RBI groundout. Sam Berry singled off of Berry reliever Jonathan Stump, and McGregor followed with a double down the right-field line. Both Berry and McGregor went on to score on wild pitches, one by Stump and anotehr by Berry's third pitcher of the inning, Christian Champion.
But the Vikings clawed back with two more unearned runs off of Sullivan in the fifth, then tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth, as Kevin Scott hit a leadoff single off of Bates sophomore Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) and eventually scored on a sac fly by TC Boyd.
The Bobcats moved right back ahead in the top of the seventh. Tewksbury led off with a single to center, and advanced to second on Sam Berry's groundout. McGregor, who stood 3-for-3, then singled up the middle for the game-winning RBI. Bates left two runners stranded to keep the game close.
Bates junior Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) earned the save in the seventh, leaving two Vikings stranded on a game-ending double-play ball to Ryan Smith.