Looking to escape the chill of Northern New England, the Bates baseball team traveled to Auburndale, Florida this past weekend to compete in the RussMatt Invitational against UMass-Boston and Babson. Against the Boston-area schools, the ‘Cats went 1-2.

First, in non-tournament play against the NAIA institution Webber International, the team was blanked 12-0. Senior Samuel Warren provided the lone spark as he tallied a single and a stolen base, though nothing was made of it. For the game, the Bobcats only managed four hits. Starter and freshman Chris Krawczyk only went two-thirds of an inning, surrendering four earned runs, giving way to sophomore Connor Russell, who gave up the eight remaining runs.

Shifting towards the bout with UMass-Boston, the Bobcats dropped both contests by a combined score of 13-2. In the first game of the double header, Bates was held to only one hit, by junior Brendan Fox. While senior Conor Colombo only had given up one run through three innings of work, a big top of the fourth for UMass-Boston broke things open with a seven-run outburst. They would go on to finish with nine runs, while Bates was shutout for the second straight game.

In the second game of the day, the ’Cats faired much better, recording two runs on ten hits. Senior Conor Reenstierna and junior Brendon Canavan led the way with five hits between the two, and sophomore Reed Mszar and junior John Dinucci followed suit with two hits apiece. Sophomore Connor Speed went four and one third innings, surrendering three runs on eight hits. Senior Rob DiFranco finished things with one and a third innings pitched.

In the final game of the Invitational against Babson, Fox led the charge with a career-high four hits, which included two doubles, a triple, and four RBIs. Junior Anthony Telesca threw his first career complete game to pick up his second win on the season. Telesca gave up three earned runs on eight hits while striking out nine en route to the 9-6 win.

Bates will be back in action on Saturday the 19th against Middlebury in Northboro, Massachusetts.