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Gunn drives in Parker for winning run in the 10th

LEWISTON, Maine -- Jeff Gunn's single to right field with one out in the bottom of the 10th scored Alex Parker, giving the Bates baseball team a 5-4 win over Colby on Friday at Leahey Field.

The Bobcats' fourth win in as many contests against the Mules this season evened their record at 16-16, while Colby fell to 11-21.

The game, which was added to the schedule last week and did not count in NESCAC standings, dropped Colby to 11-21 while Bates evened its mark at 16-16.

Colby first-year starting pitcher Soren Hanson rang up 10 strikeouts through the first four innings, including six in a row over one stretch. But the Bobcats still scored single runs in the first and fourth to help offset Colby's three-run second.

Bates took a 4-3 lead with two runs in the eighth. First-year Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) led off with a double down the left-field line, and moved to third on sophomore Nate Pajka's (Douglas, Mass.) groundout. Parker, a defensive replacement in the seventh inning, drove a double into the gap in right center, scoring Warren and chasing Sorenson in favor of reliever Dakota Rabbitt. First-year Berto Diaz (Carson, Calif.) greeted Rabbitt with a single to left center, scoring Parker with the go-ahead run. Rabbitt hit Gunn with a pitch but got out of further trouble, leaving two Bobcats stranded.

Colby tied it back up in the ninth with three hits off of junior Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.), Bates' sixth pitcher of the game. Daniel Csaplar hit a one-out pinch single, and Mark Nelson followed with a pinch single of his own. Bonneau struck out Luke Duncklee for the second out, but Nathan Ellis singled up the middle to score Csaplar with the tying run. Bonneau left two Mules stranded with his third strikeout of the inning.

Rabbitt retired the Bobcats without incident in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Bates sophomore Chris Fusco (Annapolis, Md.) then got the Mules out in order in the top of the 10th.

Parker led off the bottom of the 10th with a bunt single, fielded by Csaplar away from the first-base bag. Csaplar tossed to Rabbitt, but Parker outran the pitcher to the bag, putting the leadoff man on. An errant attempt at picking Parker off of first base sent the Lewiston native to second base. Rabbitt struck out Diaz for the first out, bringing up Gunn (Lilburn, Ga.). Parker reached third on a passed ball before Gunn laced a single to right. Parker took off from third and beat the throw home for the game-ending run.

Parker was 2-for-2 in the game with two runs and an RBI. Davis was 2-for-5, as was Berry. first-year Samuel Warren (Norfolk, Va.) tripled and scored Bates' run in the first.

Ellis was 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Colby.

Hanson finished with 11 strikeouts over 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks.

Bates sophomore starter Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.) allowed three unearned runs to the Mules in the second, fueled by three Bates errors and hits by Colby's Tim Corey and Ellis. Levangie went four innings with three strikeouts, then handed off to first-year Sam Falkson (Dedham, Mass.), the first of four Bates relief pitchers to hold the Mules scoreless. Falkson was followed by senior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.), sophomore Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) and first-year Rob DiFranco (Melrose, Mass.). Fusco, Bates' seventh pitcher, rose to 1-1 while Rabbitt (0-4) accepted the loss.

The game began 32 minutes late, due to the umpires' late arrival.

Colby hosts Amherst for a season finale doubleheader against Amherst tomorrow at noon. Bates plays a doubleheader at Williams on Sunday at noon