Baseball splits twinbill at Haverford, ending 6-game win streak
HAVERFORD, Pa. — Haverford College split a doubleheader with the Bates College baseball team on Saturday, winning Game 2 16-2 after Bates won its sixth straight in Game 1, by a 9-7 score in 10 innings.
The Fords (7-7) put up three runs in the bottom of the first in Game 2, keyed by a two-run home run to right-center field by Alex Hudak. Bates (8-3) starting pitcher Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) surrendered another run in the second then gave up three more, this time on a Matt Liscovitz three-run homer, in the third to put an early end to his day.
A five-run sixth, which included a Casey Fox three-run blast over the right field fence, put more distance between the Fords and Bobcats, but Haverford’s bats weren’t done yet, as four more runs came in during the eighth inning when Luke Frankiw clubbed a three-run homer.
Haverford starter Kyle Waney (3-0) needed minimal run support, though, as he spread out four singles and one double over seven innings.
In Game 2, Haverford scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 7-7, but Bates got two in the 10th inning for the 9-7 win.
Bates loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but Haverford pitcher Michael de Armas got two straight outs to leave all three runners stranded.
Bates sophomore Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to send the game into the 10th.
Sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) and Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) drew consecutive walks to start the 10th. First-year Alex Parker (Lewiston, Maine) bunted the runners over, but Davis was tagged out between third and home, and Burke moved on to third base while Parker got to second on a fielder’s choice and the throw. Sophomore Jeff Clausen’s (Southold, N.Y.) fly to left field scored Burke with the winning run, and Parker also came home on a throwing error by the left fielder. Baroni pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th to notch the win, after throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.
Bates collected eight hits in the win and played their fifth errorless game of the season, while Haverford committed three errors in addition to their eight hits.
Haverford’s bats were kept quiet through the seven innings of Game 1 by Bobcats senior righthander Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.). With a 7-1 lead entering the bottom of the eighth, Alexander gave up a walk and a single to the first two batters and was replaced by sophomore Chris Fusco (Annapolis, Md.).
The Fords battled back to knot the score at 7-7 with six runs in the inning. Jake Chaplin pushed a two-RBI single through the middle for the first two runs and was followed by Fox, whose single down the right line scored Nick Miranda. Two batters later, Hudak laced a double down the left field line which brought home Chaplin and Fox. Hudak scored the tying run on a squeeze play when Hubley bunted down the third base line and Hudak beat the throw to the plate.
Bates took a 3-0 lead in the second, with an RBI single up the middle by Davis and a two-run triple to center field by Burke.
The Bobcats then manufactured a run in the fourth to go up 4-0. First-year Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) singled, then stole second base with two outs. Maliska got to third as Burke reached on an error, then scored on a passed ball. Haverford got the run back on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, but Bates went up 5-1 in the fifth with singles by Clausen and senior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.), followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.).
Bates scored two more insurance runs they would need in the eighth, as rookies Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) and Maliska both singled and later scored on Davis’s two-run single up the middle.
Davis went 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBIs in the game.