Baseball routs UMaine-Farmington 10-1 at home

Dan Trulli batted 3-5 with three runs and two RBIs as the Bates baseball team defeated UMaine-Farmington 10-1 at Leahey Field on April 25, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Seven Bates pitchers combined to hold UMaine-Farmington to one run and strike out 11 batters, while Bates batters totaled 18 hits, as the Bobcats defeated the visiting Beavers 10-1 Thursday in the second meeting between the teams this season.

Several Bobcats had big days at the plate. Bates junior Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) was 3-6 with two doubles. First-year Andrew Chi (Closter, N.J.) reached base five times, batting 3-3 and drawing two walks. Senior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) also tallied three hits, going 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Junior Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) drove in three runs for the Bobcats, and sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) and junior Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) shared time in center field, combining to bat 4-5 and score three runs from the top of the batting order.

Bates pitchers allowed eight hits and one walk while fanning 11 Beavers, the team's second-highest total this season. First-year Grant Iuliano (Waltham, Mass.) set the tone in his two-inning stint to start the game, setting down UMF in order in both innings and collecting four strikeouts. Junior Will Slayne (Dedham, Mass.) came on to pitch two more shutout innings before handing the ball to senior Brendan Smith (Hingham, Mass.), who rose to 2-1 by throwing a scoreless fifth inning with the Bobcats holding a 7-0 lead.

First-year Ian Tolis (Madison, Conn.), junior Mark Russell (Westford, Mass.), sophomore Peter Schuldt (Winnetka, Ill.) and junior Ryan Moralejo (Miami, Fla.) mopped up with single-inning stints the rest of the way, with only Russell allowing a score in the seventh. Chase Malloy hit a two-out single to left field, stole second base and scored on Hunter LaBossiere's single to right.

Bates got all the scoring it would need in the first innings, plating three runs off of UMF starter Cole Lockhart. Beal slapped Lockhart's first pitch of the game into left for a single, then scored on Beaton's double to right. Trulli later doubled to right to score Beaton. Chi singled to left to push Trulli to third, and first-year Antonio Jareno (Marietta, Ga.) hit the third double of the inning into left to score Trulli.

Trulli scored again in the third. He led off the inning with a single, and Chi and Jareno followed with singles to load the bases with no outs. Sylvia's sacrifice fly to left scored Trulli but Lockhart escaped further damage with a strikeout and a fly to right.

But Bates chased Lockhart from the game in the fourth, as Lindgren led off with a single, reached second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a Trulli single. Hunter Bolduc then came on to pitch, but a wild pitch and a walk to Chi loaded the bases for the Bobcats. Bolduc popped up Jareno for the second out, but Sylvia then delivered a two-run single to right field, scoring Trulli and sophomore Noah Loughlin (Mililani, Hawaii).

Lindgren led off the inning with a single again in the fifth, and scored after Beaton's second double and a sac fly to center field by Loughlin.

Bates tacked two more runs onto its lead in the eighth, using singles by first-year Kevin Lucey (Topsfield, Mass.) and Beaton, two Beaver errors and a walk issued to first-year Chris Capo (West Newbury, Mass.). Capo's leadoff walk turned into Bates' ninth run after Lucey's infield single and a UMF error, and Lucey scored on Beaton's two-out infield single to make it 10-1.

Lockhart dropped to 1-4 on the season with the loss. Patrick Fallon and Nathan Poulin both threw shutout innings of relief for the Beavers. Malloy batted 2-4 as the lone Beaver with multiple hits.

Next up for Bates (14-13) is a three-game NESCAC East Division series against Colby, beginning with a single game in Waterville on Saturday at 3pm. The rivals will play a doubleheader at Bates Sunday at noon.