BEVERLY, Mass. -- The Bates baseball team saw its three-game winning streak end with a 12-4 non-conference defeat at No. 23 nationally ranked Endicott College on Tuesday, as the host Gulls tallied 15 hits and took advantage of five errors.
Endicott (8-1) took a 5-1 lead with four runs in the second inning, adding two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and four more in the eighth to take a 12-1 lead. Bates (3-7), which rallied for four runs to defeat UMass-Dartmouth 4-3 on Sunday, rallied again in the ninth with three runs.
The Bobcats answered the Gulls' single run in the first with a run in the top of the second, on sophomore Giovanni Torres's (North Haven, Conn.) bases-loaded sacrifice fly, which scored sophomore Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.).
Bates committed four errors in the bottom of the frame, however, allowing Endicott to plate four runs with four hits, including a two-run triple by Nickolas Perkins, which chased Bates senior starting pitcher Connor Speed (San Diego, Calif.) in favor of junior Justin Foley (Lynnfield, Mass.).
The Gulls scored a pair of runs off of Foley in the fourth, with a triple by Matt Bald, an RBI double by Michael DeDonato and a sacrifice fly by Michael Casciano. Endicott scored again in the sixth against sophomore Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), with Bald singling and stealing both second base and home plate.
Torres singled to lead off the ninth inning, before senior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) walked and sophomore Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) reached on an error to load the bases. Sophomore Pat Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to score Torres and keep the bases loaded with no outs. Junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) then singled to right center to score DiVincenzo, and Sylvia then scored on a fielder's choice ball struck by sophomore Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.). Endicott escaped further damage and left the bases loaded with a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Sophomore Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) batted 2-for-3 and drew two walks to lead Bates' eight-hit attack. DeDonato was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs for Endicott.
Endicott starter Joseph Oriola (1-1) gave up one unearned run on four hits and four walks and struck out seven over six innings to earn his first win of the season. For Bates, Speed dropped to 0-3.
Bates opens NESCAC East Division play this weekend with a three-game series against Bowdoin, all to be played at Colby. The rivals will meet Friday at 3pm with Bowdoin as the home team, followed Saturday at noon by a doubleheader with Bates as the host.