Home Run!

Trinity College scored eight runs in the fourth inning, including seven with two outs, to blow open a close game, as the defending NCAA Division III champion Bantams rolled past host Bates College baseball team 14-2 on Friday.</p>
<p>Trinity moves to 16-3 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC East Division play, while Bates drops to 7-11 overall, 3-4 in the NESCAC East. The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12 p.m. at Bates' Leahey Field.</p>
<p>Bantams righthander Jeremiah Bayer allowed one first-inning run to Bates in his seven innings of work. Bayer (6-0) gave up five hits and no walks while striking out five to earn the win.</p>
<p>Bates struck first with a single run in the first. Junior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) reached on an error to lead off, advanced to second on a groundout, and came home when sophomore Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) laced a double down the right field line.</p>
<p>The Bobcats added another run in the ninth when Chris Burke hit a one-out single, reached second on an error and scored on a single to center by senior Tyler Maxwell (Coventry, Vt.).</p>
<p>Trinity trailed 1-0 heading into the third, when the Bantams plated three runs on four hits off of Bates first-year starter Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.), including an RBI double by Matt Sullivan.</p>
<p>The Bantams broke the game open in the fourth, after loading the bases with one out. The Bobcats got the second out with a fielder's choice groundout, but Kent Graham drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1, and James Wood followed with a two-run single up the middle. Trinity loaded the bases again with a walk, and Alexander was replaced by first-year Tyler Kuehl (Plymouth, N.H.) on the mound. A wild pitch made it 7-1, and Joe Markovich singled to right center to score two more Trinity runs. Sam Simons put a final stamp on the damage with a two-run homer to left field, his first round-tripper of the season.</p>
<p>Trinity added single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings, including a solo homer by Ryan Piacenti

Bates College catcher Gordy Webb ’11 earned New England Small College Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week honors in early April, batting .611 (11-for-18) with a .632 on-base percentage and a 1.111 slugging mark while not committing an error behind the plate during the Bobcats’ 3-2 week.

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