Baseball earns split of games with Bates

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 19, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- John LaMantia (Gates Mills, Ohio) had three hits and scored twice as the Colby College baseball team held on for a 9-8 victory over Bates College in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Coombs Field.

Bates got a complete game from pitcher Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) in the first game to take a 7-2 win over the Mules.

Spencer Jacobson (Newton, Mass.) also had three hits and scored once for Colby in the second game. Jacobson and Chris Murdock (Briarcliff Manor scored runs in the eighth inning to give the Mules a 9-5 lead. Kyle McKay (Bedford, N.H.) drove in three runs and scored twice for the Mules, while Colin Riggs (Duxbury, Mass.) scored a pair of runs.

Bates (6-16, 2-7 NESCAC East) had scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning. Robert Patton (Darien, Conn.) had an RBI single in the inning. The Bobcats then made things interesting with three runs in the top of the ninth before Colby reliever Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) closed the game out with his second save of the season.

Justin Clark (Brunswick, Maine) worked six-plus innings for the Mules to earn the second game win.

Heide allowed seven hits over seven innings in the opener for Bates. Patton had a solo home run in the second inning, while the Bobcats got two hits apiece from Beaton, Brian Buckley (Andover, Mass.), and Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.).

Colby (12-11, 2-6 NESCAC East) got a pair of hits from Craig Cooper (Trumbull, Conn.) and LaMantia doubled and was on base three times.

Bates 7, Colby 2 (1st game)

Bates  211#010#2---7#9#1

Colby  001#001#0---2#7#2

Ryan Heide (W, 1-2) and Alex Egelson; Matt Moore (L, 1-5), Tim Brettingen (3), Chris Murdock (7), Bobby Whelan (7) and Kyle McKay. 2B: Brian Buckley (B), Noah Lynd (B), Jake Simon (B), John LaMantia (C). HR: Robert Patton (B).

Colby 9, Bates 8 (2nd game)

Bates  001#000#043---8#12#4

Colby  301#030#02x---9#12#2

Benjamin Schwartz (L, 0-2), Ben Thayer (5), Chuck Murphy-Romboletti (8) and Gordy Webb; Justin Clark (W, 2-2), RT Tourek (7), Bobby Whelan (8) and Ryan Murphy (9, S, 2) and Kyle McKay. 2B: Denis Hogan (B), Craig Cooper (C), Spencer Jacobson (C).

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