Bobcats plate 11 runs in 8th inning to top Colby, 13-7
Brian Mahoney ’08 went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and set the Bates single-season record with his 44th hit.
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates College baseball team erupted for 11 runs in the eighth inning to come from behind for a 13-7 victory over in-state rival Colby College Friday at Leahey Field.
The Bobcats (12-18) sent 14 batters to face six Colby pitchers in the eighth, taking advantage of five walks, two errors, four wild pitches and a passed ball. They scored three runs on wild pitches before sophomore Alex Egelson drew a bases-loaded walk from Colby senior Jon Vacca (Quincy, Mass.) to take an 8-7 lead.
Bates added two more runs before sophomore Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.) cleared the bases with a three-run double. Mahoney’s hit was his fourth of the game and his 44th this season, setting a school record. The Bobcats totaled 13 hits in the game to Colby’s eight.
Colby (10-21) junior Bob Brady (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was charged with the loss, giving up a hit and intentionally walking Egelson, who later scored the winning run. Brady is 0-1 this season.
Bates junior Peter Meisel (Newtown, Conn.) earned the win by shutting the door on Colby’s rally in the top of the eighth, raising his record to 1-1. Meisel came on in relief of Bates first-year Dan Cook (Sudbury, Mass.), who threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Bates first-year starter Ben Shwartz (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was hit for seven runs in his six innings of work, but only one was earned. The Mules scored five unearned runs on only two hits in the third inning, taking advantage of four Bates errors.
Colby sophomore starter Sam Kennedy-Smith (Newton, Mass.) was effective in scattering seven hits and four walks over seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned.