LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates baseball team completed a sweep of its three-game series against Colby on Saturday, winning both ends of a doubleheader at Leahey Field, 5-3 in the seven-inning first game and 7-2 in the nine-inning second game.
With its fourth straight win, Bates climbed back above the .500 mark at 15-14, and finished NESCAC East Division play with a 5-7 mark. Colby dips to 9-18 and finishes 2-10 in the conference.
Bates received stellar starting pitching in both games. Junior lefthander Brad Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.) went 5.2 innings in Game 1, allowing only an unearned run in the sixth inning before handing off to senior righty Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) with two outs and the bases loaded. Antonellis ended Colby's rally by inducing a comebacker to the mound by Tyler Starks, holding the Mules' lead to 1-0.
Bates then exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Ryan Sonberg's (Windsor, Conn.) one-out single to left off of Colby starter Soren Hanson got things started. Junior Kevin Davis (North Andover, Mass.) then hit a high double to the fence in left center, scoring Sonberg. Hanson intentionally walked sophomore Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) before being lifted in favor of Greg Ladd, but Ladd walked the first hitter he faced, first-year Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), to load the bases for senior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.). McGregor's sharp single through the infield plated Davis and Hyde, bringing up sophomore Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.), who lined an opposite-field double just inside the left-field line to score two more runs for the Bobcats, making it 5-1.
Colby got two runs back off of Antonellis in the seventh, but with one runner on and the tying run at the plate, Antonellis got a strikeout and a groundout to end Game 1 and earn the victory, lifting his record to 2-3. Danny Csaplar led off the inning with a single, then scored on Colin Cummings' pinch-hit double. Luke Dunckley's single to center scored Cummings, but Antonellis left Dunckley stranded.
Sonberg was 2-for-2 in the game, as was sophomore Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas), who left the game after a collision at home plate in the bottom of the third. Pajka was 2-for-3 and, along with Davis, drove in two runs.
Bates also had a five-run sixth inning in Game 2, staking Game 2 starting pitcher, junior righthander Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.), to a 7-0 lead following single runs in the first and second innings.
Davis got Bates started in the first with his second double of the day, this time to the fence in right center, to score Berry (fielder's choice). The Bobcats made it 2-0 in the second, when first-year Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) led off with a single, advanced to second on McGregor's hit-by-pitch, then on to third on junior Steve Burke's (Bedford, N.H.) bunt, and scoring when Sonberg reached on a Colby error.
Bonneau went through six innings unscathed, allowing four hits with no walks and four strikeouts to raise his record to 2-2. Senior Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) pitched the final three innings to earn the save, allowing two runs (one earned).
Warren, who was 2-for-4 with two runs in the game, led off Bates' five-run sixth with a double to right center, and made it 3-0 on junior Jeff Gunn's (Lilburn, Ga.) single. Sonberg stroked Bates' third double of the game to score Burke, and Hyde followed with an opposite-field RBI single through the left side to score Gunn, chasing Colby starter Brady Hesslein (1-3). Berry, who was 3-for-5 in the game, smoked a single up the middle off of Mules reliever Mark Nelson to score Sonberg from third. Nelson then walked Davis to load the bases, and then walked junior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.), allowing Hyde to score Bates' seventh run of hte game.
Colby came back with single runs in the seventh and ninth off of Spinosa. Nils Carlson's pinch single scored Kevin Galvin (hit by pitch) in the seventh. In the ninth, Carlson reached on an error, got around to third on a double by Christian Sonberg, and scored on Tim Corey's RBI groundout.
Colby plays a home doubleheader against Plymouth State tomorrow at 12pm; Bates has a nine-inning game at Endicott on Monday at 4pm.