The Bates College Bobcats scored four runs in the fifth and the eighth innings and went on to post a 9-1 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex on Tuesday.
The Continentals (12-12 overall) have still won six of their last nine contests, including a NESCAC West series victory over Wesleyan University this past weekend. Bates (9-11) -- a member of the NESCAC East Division -- has won six of its last eight games after opening the season with six straight losses.
Hamilton threw nine pitchers with none going more than two innings. Dan DePaoli '18 started on the mound and took the loss after he allowed just one run on one hit and one walk, and he had two strikeouts. Chris Keane '20, Brian Lawson '20 and Ian Nish '19 each struck out two of the batters that they faced.
Jack Arend led the Bobcats with four hits and four runs batted in and he scored twice. Zach Avila had three RBIs with two sacrifice flies. Dan Trulli drove in two runs with a double and Pat Beaton walked three times and scored three runs. Connor Speed gave up four hits and four walks and had two strikeouts as he pitched five shutout innings for the win.
The Bobcats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Pat Beaton earned a leadoff walk and came around to score after a stolen base, single to right-center field and a groundout to the right side of the infield.
Arend extended the Bates lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning with a bases-clearing triple and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Avila. The Bobcats tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning with two hits and three walks.
Rosenberg put Hamilton on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning. He laced a two-out double to left center and scored when Nate Goodman '20 singled to left field.
Hamilton loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning but Bates' Speed forced a groundout to the right side of the infield to get out of the jam. The Continentals had runners on the corners in the fourth inning with no outs, but the Bobcats threw out Goodman at home on a double-steal attempt for the first out and executed a double play after Rowley walked to create a force out at third base.
The Continentals hit the road for a NESCAC West Division three-game series against Williams College this weekend. The teams open with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 at noon followed by a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m.