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Baseball wins marathon game two in doubleheader split with Suffolk

Senior Matt Casieri tossed four innings of one-run ball in game two of Thursday's doubleheader against Suffolk University. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates baseball team split a doubleheader with Suffolk University on Thursday, dropping game one 10-1 before bouncing back to win game two in 12 innings by a score of 2-1. 

The Bobcats (16-16) take on Middlebury Friday at 3:00 p.m. to begin the four-team double elimination NESCAC tournament. 

Game One: Suffolk 10, Bates 1 (7 innings)

The Rams scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back in their 10-1 win over the Bobcats in game one of Thursday's doubleheader.

Brady Chant led the Rams on offense, going 5-5 with two doubles and three runs scored. Meanwhile Ryan Pordes (7-1) tossed six innings of one-run ball, scattering seven hits and striking out five along the way. 

Chant started his big day in the top of the first by hitting a single through the left side. He stole second and advanced to third on a Sean Cameron single. A walk loaded the bases and Matt Brenner singled in a pair to put the Rams up 2-0. One out later, another walk loaded the bases again and Kevin Belskie drove in the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Senior Robert Jones (South Berwick, Maine) bounced back from a tough first inning on the mound to toss a scoreless second frame, working around a bases loaded jam to keep Bates within three.

First-year Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) recorded the first hit of the game for Bates, an infield single in the bottom of the third. The Bobcats had runners at first and second with nobody out but did not score.

Jones (1-1) went two innings on the mound before handing the ball to first-year Cameron Carlson (Tampa, Fla.), who went three innings out of the bullpen.

Carlson pitched a scoreless third inning but the Rams scored four in the fourth to put some distance between themselves and the Bobcats.

Chant singled to start the inning and one out later Seth Coiley drew a walk. Brenner singled in another run and a Greg Speliotis single loaded the bases. Three more runs scored in the inning on a fielder's choice, a Belskie single and a passed ball respectively.

Chant doubled and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch in the fifth to extend the Ram lead to 8-0.

The Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) singled to start the frame. Carter followed with a single and first-year Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) reached on an error, loading the bases with nobody out. 

Two outs later, senior Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass.) singled in MacDonald for the Bobcats' lone run of the game.

First-year Mark Russell (Westford, Mass.) relieved Carlson in the sixth, tossing a scoreless inning before giving up a pair of runs in the seventh. 

Carter finished game one 2-3 at the plate, MacDonald went 1-2 with a run scored and a walk. Canavan went 1-3 with a run batted in. The Rams outhit Bates 14-7.

Game Two: Bates 2, Suffolk 1 (12 innings)

The Bobcats defeated two opponents in game two, the Rams and the onrushing darkness at Leahey Field.

With the game on the brink of being called on account of darkness, sophomore Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) drove in Carter with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th to give Bates a 2-1 victory.

With the game tied at one, Canavan singled to begin the 12th inning. Carter pinch ran and junior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) got hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet and the Rams elected to intentionally walk first-year Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) to set up a force at any base. Trulli made them pay by hitting a fly ball deep enough to center to plate Carter, setting off a celebration in right-center field as Trulli tried to escape his jubilant teammates. 

The Bates pitching staff shined in game two. After giving up a solo home run to Chant in the top of the first, senior Matt Casieri (Medfield, Mass.) settled down and delivered a strong performance, going four innings of one-run ball. He allowed three hits while striking out three and issuing no walks. 

First-year Will Slayne (Dedham, Mass.) turned in perhaps the most impressive performance of the day. Making only his second appearance of the season, Slayne threw five shutout innings out of the bullpen, scattering five hits and striking out three.

He kept the Rams at bay and Bates extended the game by rallying for a run in the bottom of the seventh.

First-year Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) walked to start the frame. Senior John Dinucci (West Hartford, Conn.) pinch ran and Sylvia bunted him to second base.

Senior captain Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.) drew a walk and senior captain Ryan McCarthy (Plaistow, N.H.) singled in Dinucci to even the score at one.

Both teams went down in order in the eighth and Slayne worked out of a big jam in the top of the ninth. With one out, Belskie and B.J. Neil smacked back-to-back singles. With two away, Chant stepped to the plate and Slayne got him to line out to center to end the inning. The first time the Bobcats got Chant out on the day came at the perfect time.

First-year Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) relieved Slayne in the 10th. He tossed a 1-2-3 inning and worked around a two-out double in the 11th.

Michaud (1-2) struck out three over three innings to earn his first collegiate win, allowing only one hit along the way.

The Bobcats won game two despite being outhit 9-7 by the Rams. Trulli finished the game 1-4 with a double, a run batted in and a walk.