Krajewski provides highlights for Panthers with three hits and RBI
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Bates College baseball team scored two runs in the seventh to erase a 1-0 deficit, and added two more in the eighth for a 4-1 non-conference victory over Plymouth State University Thursday afternoon at Leahey Field.
The Bobcats (11-10) climbed over the .500 mark for the first time after beginning the season 0-6. Plymouth State dipped to 13-12.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Junior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) led off with a double that bounced down the left-field line, and freshman Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) followed with a single up the middle, scoring Thompson, one of Krajewski's three hits on the day.
Bates plated two runs in the seventh inning. With runners on second and third, Brendan Fox delivered a two-out single up the middle, scoring Conor Reenstierna and Evan Czopek with the go-ahead runs. The Bobcats added two insurance runs in the eighth as John Dinucci was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and he scored on Griff Tewksbury's triple to right field. Tewksbury then came home on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Davis to make it 4-1.
Bates reliever Sam Berry stayed on the mound for the top of the ninth. Krajewski led off the inning with his third single of the day, but junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) hit a grounder up the middle that was stabbed by Reenstierna at second base, and Reenstierna's backhand flip to Fox at shortstop led to a rally-killing double play. The next batter grounded out to end the game.
Berry (1-0) went the final three innings, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts, and he was the only Bates pitcher to throw any more or less than one inning. Six Bates pitchers handled the first six innings.
Senior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) allowed only three hits in 6.2 innings of work but was charged with the loss.
Bates begins a three-game NESCAC East Division series at Trinity on Friday at 4pm. Plymouth State plays at Little East opponent Keene State Friday at 3:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Bates Sports Information)
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