Posted: Apr 30, 2016
WATERVILLE, Maine — Despite two triples by Zach Ellenthal, Bates College pitching held Colby College to just nine hits in two games to help the Bobcats take a 3-1 and 9-3 sweep of a doubleheader in NESCAC East baseball on Saturday at Coombs Field.
Bates is 12-18 overall and 4-7 in conference play, while the Mules dropped to 11-20 overall and 4-8 in the league.
Samuel Warren and Rob DiFranco combined to allow just four hits and no earned runs in the opening win for Bates. DiFranco pitched the final 3.1 innings of the seven inning contest to earn the win, striking out five and walking just one.
Warren singled to center field to start the top of the fourth inning and stole second base. Evan Czopek had a bunt single to push Warren to third base. John Dinucci had a sacrifice to bring Czopek to second base. Daniel Trulli followed with a double to center field to bring in two runs.
The Mules scored their run in the bottom of the fourth when Tyler Starks walked with one out. Starks moved all the way to third on an error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt. He scored on another Bates error on a ball hit by Zach Ellenthal.
The Bobcats got a key insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs in the inning, Czopek homered to center field.
Warren, Czopek, and Trulli all had two hits for Bates in the opener. Starks singled and scored a run, while Ellenthal tripled.
Connor Russell pitched six innings of nine, allowed one earned run, struck out seven, and walked one to earn the win for Bates in the nightcap. Chris Ward pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed no runs while striking out three.
Trulli capped a big day with three hits, two runs, and two RBI. Brendan Fox, Czopek, Christian Colon, and Conor Reenstierna all had two hits for the Bobcats.
Ellenthal tripled again among his two hits and scored twice for Colby. Soren Hanson also had two hits and drove in a run.
The game was tied 1-1 after four innings, but Bates scored three in the fifth and one in the sixth to take control. With the score 5-3, the Bobcats added two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Czopek scored when Colon grounded out to second base.
The Mules had a similar run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ellenthal tripled to lead off and Hanson grounded out to second to tie the contest.
Bates went ahead for good with three runs in the fifth inning. Ryan McCarthy had a one-out single and moved to second on a single by Fox. Warren followed with a double to score McCarthy for a 2-1 lead. With two outs and after a pitching change, Trulli singled to center to bring in Fox and Warren.
The Bobcats added to the lead with a lone run in the sixth. Colon led off with a double and moved to third on a bunt single by Conor Reenstierna. John Dinucci had a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Colon for a 5-1 margin.
The Mules did chip away with a lone run in the sixth inning and another in the seventh. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ellenthal scored on a passed ball in the sixth inning. However, the Mules did not score another run.
With two outs in the seventh, Tommy Forese walked and advanced to second on Ellenthal’s single. Hanson singled to right field to load the bases and force a pitching change. Matt Garcia had an infield single to bring in Forese with Colby’s final run.
Reenstierna had a two-run single in the eighth inning to score Trulli and Brendon Canavan. In the ninth, Canavan had a two-run triple to bring in Jamie Kennedy and Trulli with the final runs.
Bates 3, Colby 1 (1st game)
Samuel Warren, Rob DiFranco (4, W) and Joe Dinoto. Soren Hanson (L), Bobby Forese (6), Dan Schoenfeld (6) and Andrew Della Volpe. 2B: Daniel Trulli (B). 3B: Zach Ellenthal (C). HR: Evan Czopek (B).
Bates 9, Colby 3 (2nd game)
Connor Russell (W), Andrew Freeman (7), Chris Ward (7) and Christian Colon. Jake Connelly (L), Dan Csaplar (5), Tommy Forese (7) and Blake Egan. 2B: 2B: Samuel Warren (B), Christian Colon (B). 3B: Brendon Canavan (B), Zach Ellenthal (C).