Baseball sweeps Becker as Alexander ties wins record
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates College baseball team pounded out 33 hits and limited Becker College to eight over two seven-inning games, sweeping a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday by winning 13-0 in Game 1 and 10-1 in Game 2.
Senior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) had five hits on the day, leading five Bates players who had four or more hits. First-year Nate Pajka (Douglas, Mass.) was 4-for-7, including his sixth home run of the season. Sophomore Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) was 4-for-6 with a double and a triple, and sophomore Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) was also 4-for-6 with two doubles. Junior Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) was 4-for-7 on the day and tied Ciummei for the team lead with four runs driven in.
Bates senior Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) pitched five shutout innings in Game 1 to earn his 15th career victory, moving into a tie for first place on Bates’ all-time wins list with Mike Kinsman ’05, who went 15-7 in his career. Alexander raised his career record to 15-13, and his season record to 4-3, allowing just three hits and no walks.
Weston Meehan and Todd Tompkins collected three hits apiece for Becker (14-12), combining for six of the Hawks’ eight hits on the day.
Bates (14-10) jumped out to big leads in both games, scoring eight in the first inning of Game 1 and five in Game 2.
The Bobcats chased Becker’s Game 1 starting pitcher Mike Schoen after he faced just five batters, all of whom reached base. McGregor started his 3-for-3 game with a bases-loaded double to right-center field to score Ciummei and Davis for a 3-0 Bates lead with no outs. Joe Spero came on and got two straight outs, but Bates went on to add five more runs in the inning. Junior Jeff Clausen (Southold, N.Y.) hooked a double just inside the left-field line to make it 5-0. Junior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) then looped a hit into no-man’s land in shallow right-center field, taking an uncovered second base with ease as Clausen scored. First-year Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine), up for a second time, singled Sonberg home, and Davis followed with a double to the fence in left field to make it 8-0 before Spero got the third out.
Bates used three hits, including an RBI single by Pajka, to make it 9-0 after two. When they returned to bat, the Bobcats added three more runs to the lead, collecting five more hits, including an RBI double by McGregor and run-scoring singles by Tewksbury and sophomore Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.).
After Alexander’s five innings, sophomore lefthander Wil Muller (Maumee, Ohio) and first-year Aidan Sullivan (Yarmouth, Maine) pitched shutout innings in the sixth and seventh, respectively.
Bates Game 2 starter Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) was staked to a big lead early on and took advantage with a solid five-inning effort, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in his five innings, raising his record to 2-0. First-year Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) and sophomore A.J. DeBenedictis (Norwell, Mass.) maintained Bates’ 10-1 lead with perfect sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Hyde led off the bottom of the first by reaching on an error, and the Bobcats went on to rap out four hits to seize a 5-0 lead. Ciummei’s sharp single down the right-field line scored Hyde and Davis, and Tewksbury nearly poked one over the fence in right field, but he slid into third base for an RBI triple in the inning.
Becker got its lone run of the day in the third to close the gap to 6-1. Mike Smith drew a leadoff walk, moved to second base on Joe Corey’s groundout, then scored on a single to left field by Tompkins.
Pajka led off the third inning with a towering home run near the Campus Avenue Field scoreboard in right-center field. The clout may have rattled Gibson, who walked sophomore Jeff Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.), then allowed Gunn to score on three wild pitches, giving Bates an 8-1 lead.
Pajka and fellow freshman Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) both doubled in a two-run fifth inning for Bates, increasing the lead to 10-1.
Bates plays a doubleheader at Amherst tomorrow, starting at noon. Becker hosts Lasell on Monday at 4pm.