Pitching impressive for baseball vs. Oglethorpe
|Paul Chiampa ’11 allowed just four hits to the host Petrels through 6 2/3 innings.|
ATLANTA — The Bates College baseball team received high-quality pitching from sophomore starters Paul Chiampa and Ryan Heide but dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Oglethorpe University on Saturday, losing 2-1 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2.
Bates finishes its trip to Georgia with a 2-6 record overall, following a three-game sweep at the hands of Division 2 University of West Georgia on Thursday and Friday. The Petrels of host Oglethorpe raised their record to 12-6.
Chiampa (Bryantville, Mass.) held the Petrels to four hits in Game 1, but the final one decided the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, as a two-out single through the left side by Jonathan Mcwhorter scored Chris Lucas. The run broke a 1-1 stalemate created in the second inning, when both teams plated one run apiece. In the top of the second, sophomore Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) hit a one-out double and came home on sophomore Rich Velotta’s (Fairfield, Conn.) infield single. Oglethorpe tied the game in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by J.J. Rizzo.
Bates had seven hits in Game 1, including a 2-2 day from Velotta and a 2-3 game for sophomore Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.). Chiampa allowed the two runs on four hits and a walk through 6 2/3 innings, while striking out six.
Game 2 was much of the same, as both teams struggled to reach base on opposing pitching. Heide (Medfield, Mass.) limited the Petrels to four hits, but they scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning, on an RBI single by Rizzo and a two-run triple by Lucas, giving Oglethorpe a 3-0 lead they carried into the sixth inning. Bates closed the gap to 3-1 in the sixth, as senior Matt Devin (Bridgewater, Mass.) led off with a walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a single by Velotta, and came home on first-year Michael Ciummei’s (Acton, Mass.) single down the left field line. But Bates was unable to do any further damage, totaling three hits in the game.
Bates is next scheduled to play at NESCAC East opponent Tufts University for a three-game series, starting with a nine-inning contest on Friday at 3 p.m.