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Baseball Loses Series Opener at Bates, 5-2

Ben Reinisch ‘19
Ben Reinisch ‘19

Lewiston, Mass. - The Bates College Bobcats defeated the Trinity College Bantams, 5-2, on Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East tilt at Leahey Field in Lewiston. Trinity falls to 14-3 on the year, losing for the first time in 12 games, and moving to 3-1 in NESCAC East action. Bates improves to 8-9 on the year and 2-2 in divisional play. 

Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) threw 122 pitches over eight and a third innings of five-hit baseball to earn the win for Bates. After allowing a pair of runs in the second, Collins retired the next 10 batters in a row. He worked around two-out singles in the fifth and sixth innings. Then he retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth.

With Bates trailing 2-0, Jareno (Marietta, Ga.) led off the bottom of the fourth against Bantam starter Andrew DeRoche (North Reading, Mass.) and hit a solo home run to left field. DeRoche bounced back after Jareno's home run and retired the next seven batters he faced. But the Bobcats got to him again in the bottom of the seventh. Junior captain Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) drew a walk to start the frame. Senior Justin White (Whitesboro, N.Y.) singled Arend to third and sophomore Noah Loughlin (Mililani, Hawaii) drove him home with a sacrifice fly to right field, tying the game at two.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) worked the count to 2-0 against DeRoche. At that point, the Bantams brought in Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) out of the bullpen. Lindgren ended up drawing a walk and sophomore Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) ripped a single to left field. Jareno stepped to the plate and delivered his second big hit of the day, a double to right-center field, scoring Lindgren to give the Bobcats a 3-2 lead. The Bantams elected to intentionally walk Arend, loading the bases for White. White drew a walk to force in another run. Then Loughlin legged out a ground ball to third. The Bantams got a force out at third base but the throw to first was late and Bates took a 5-2 lead as Jareno crossed the plate with the third run of the inning.

Trinity junior Mack Lauder (Chappaqua, N.Y.) doubled to start the ninth against Collins. Collins struck out the next batter but walked sophomore Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) to put runners at first and second with one away. Bates brought in senior captain Alex Simon (Windsor, Conn.) out of the bullpen and he struck out Geoff Stillman for the second out of the inning. Simon walked Vincent Capone (Ambler, Pa.) to load the bases, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of Mike Guanci Jr. (Wakefield, Mass.) Simon got Guanci to hit a grounder to junior Giovanni Torres (North Haven, Conn.) at third base. Torres stepped on the bag to end the game, securing Collins' third win of the season and Simon's second save.

Trinity got off to a fast start on Saturday when the Bantams scored twice in the second inning. Lauder walked to start the frame. Senior Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) flew out and Cronin hit a slow roller to third that Torres bare-handed and fired to first for the out. Lauder advanced to second on the play and scored on a Geoff Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) single up the middle. Stillman stole second base and Capone drew a walk. Then Stillman stole third and scored when Collins uncorked a wild pitch, giving the Bantams a 2-0 lead.

Bates recorded six hits on the day. Jareno finished 2-4 at the plate with two runs scored, a home run, and the eventual game-winning double. Beal went 2-4 with a run scored and White finished 2-3 with an RBI and a walk. Trinity tallied five hits, with junior Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) going 2-4 at the plate. Lauder finished 1-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Stillman went 1-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. DeRoche pitched well in defeat, going seven and a third innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.