WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College baseball team had a home run from Mike Mastrocola (Southbury, Conn.) in the opener, but Bates College took advantage of some costly errors in a 7-2 win and the Bobcats held on for a 7-4 victory in the nightcap on Saturday in NESCAC East play.
Bates moves to 20-15 overall and 4-7 in the NESCAC East, while the Mules fall to 16-16 overall and 3-8 in the league. The two teams will meet Sunday at 5 p.m. at Portland's Hadlock Field in a single game.
The first game was mostly about the pitchers in the first six innings. Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) of Bates pitched a complete game, allowing just one earned run while striking out five and walking none. Colby's Brady Hesslein threw into the seventh inning and allowed just one earned run, had four strikeouts, and one walk.
Bates scored first when Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) had a one-out double and scored on a double by Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) in the first inning.
The Mules tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning on a leadoff home run by Mike Mastrocola (Southbury, Conn.). The homer was his second of the season and his 31st RBI.
Colby had three errors in the seventh inning and Bates used three hits, an intentional walk, and a sacrifice fly to score six runs and send 10 batters to the plate. Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) had an RBI double in the inning, while Davis had an RBI single and Tewksbury had the sacrifice fly.
The Mules added an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mastrocola had a sacrifice fly to drive in the run.
With the score 5-4 in the second game, Curit hit his two-run homer to bring in Jeffrey Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) and give Bates some breathing room with a 7-4 margin.
Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) scored the first Bates run in the second inning on an RBI ground out by Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.). The Mules, though, scored three times in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Devlin McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) led off with a single, Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, N.H.) walked, and both came in on a two-run double by Taro Gold (Belmont, Mass.). Gold later scored on a double play ball.
Bates scored on an unearned run in the third inning when Davis reached on an error and scored on Ciummei's double. The Bobcats made it 3-3 after four innings when Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) had a one-out double and scored on Sonberg's single.
The Bobcats went up for good at 5-3 with two runs in the sixth inning. Steve Burke (Bedford, N.H.) led off with a single and scored on McGregor's double. Hyde then plated McGregor with a single.
The Mules got to within 5-4 with a lone run in the bottom of the sixth. McConnell had a one-out walk, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on another double by Gold.
Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) worked the first five innings for the Bates win. Brad Reynolds (Louisville, Colo.) went the final four innings to earn the save.
Bates 7, Colby 2 (1st game)
Bates............... 100 000 6 - 7 8 1
Colby............... 000 010 1 - 2 4 3
Pitchers: Bates - T. Baroni. Colby - B. Hesslein; C. Sullivan(7).
Win-T. Baroni(2-4) Loss-B. Hesslein(3-4)
HR Colby - M.Mastrocola.
B. Hesslein faced 6 batters in the 7th.
Bates 7, Colby 4 (2nd game)
Bates............... 011 102 020 - 7 12 0
Colby............... 030 001 000 - 4 6 2
Pitchers: Bates - M. Spinosa; B. Reynolds(6). Colby - D. Rabbitt; C. Sullivan(6).
Win-M. Spinosa(4-2) Save-B. Reynolds(3) Loss-D. Rabbitt(3-2) T-2:00 A-100
HR Bates - R. Curit.
D. Rabbitt faced 3 batters in the 6th.