Baseball splits doubleheader with North Park in Georgia
ROME, Ga. — Junior lefthander Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) limited North Park University to one run in five innings, leading the Bates College baseball team to an 8-4 victory in Game 2 for a split doubleheader on Friday at Berry College. North Park (1-1) edged Bates 6-5 in Game 1.
After the teams traded single runs in the first inning, with senior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) stealing home plate for a 1-0 lead, the Bobcats scored four runs in the third inning. First-year Alex Parker (Lewiston, Maine) led off with a strikeout but reached first on a passed ball. Ciummei then hit a two-out double down the left line to score Parker with an unearned run. Sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) was hit by a pitch and sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) reached on an error to extend the inning, and sophomore Jeff Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) drove them both home with a two-run single.
Bates went ahead 8-1 in the sixth inning with three more runs, loading the bases with a Tewksbury single, a Davis HBP and a walk drawn by Gunn. Junior Jeff Clausen (Southold, N.Y.) reached on a fielder’s choice RBI, and Parker singled to score Clausen.
North Park scored twice in the sixth and one in the seventh to close the gap to 8-4, but Gunn, pitching the seventh, induced a double play ball to end the threat and the game.
Tewksbury had two of Bates’ five hits in the game, stole two bases and scored two runs. Ciummei had two runs and an RBI.
Bates also mustered only five hits in the Game 1 loss, two each by sophomore Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) and first-year Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas), the top two batters in the order. Bates scored four runs in the top of the fourth to assume a 5-4 lead, but the Vikings tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The teams traded zeroes in the score line for three straight innings, sending the game into the extra eighth inning. There, North Park led off the inning with three straight hits, culminating in Mike Coduto’s game-ending single to right field that scored Brad Medina.
Senior Demetrios Gatzogiannis (Wells, Maine) pitched three shutout innings of relief for Bates, allowing just one hit and no walks.
Bates finishes its Georgia trip with a doubleheader at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta on Saturday, beginning at noon.