WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Kevin Davis went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, classmate Brad Reynolds allowed one unearned run in five innings, and Bates College baseball beat Clark University, 11-1, at Granger Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats (9-9) scored twice in the fourth, four times in the fifth, and three times in the seventh to distance themselves from the Cougars (7-19).
Sophomore Evan Czopek (Portland, Ore.) hit a pair of RBI doubles while senior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Juniors Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) and Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) each charted two hits, and sophomore Berto Diaz (Carson, Calif.) had two RBIs.
Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.) struck out six in the win (3-1) while four Bobcat relievers – junior Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), first-year Anthony Telesca (Holtsville, N.Y.), senior Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.), and junior Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) – held Clark scoreless over the last four innings.
Clark starter Casey Marvell (1-4) allowed six runs, one earned, on seven hits in six innings while striking out three. James Conway went 3-for-4 at the plate while Michael Eglow and Daniel Lima each had a pair of hits.
After Clark took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Bobcats gained a 2-1 edge in the fourth. Jackson brought in a run with an infield hit, and Diaz followed with a sacrifice bunt that plated a second run.
Bates opened up the game with four runs in the top of the fifth – scoring all of their runs with two outs – to capture a 6-1 lead. Tewksbury started the rally with an RBI single to right field which brought home Hyde. Jackson notched an RBI single to tally another run, and two more Bobcats crossed the plate after a Cougar error.
The Bobcats tacked on another three runs in the seventh to push their edge to 9-1. Diaz posted an RBI in the inning, and Czopek drove in the frame's final run with a double to right field. Czopek registered another RBI double in the ninth, and first-year Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) followed suit to give Bates its 11-1 advantage.
Next, Bates hosts Fisher College for a doubleheader in its home opener tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m.