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.

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.

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.

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.

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.).

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.

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.

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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