The story of last Saturday for the Bates baseball team was superb pitching performances, this time from senior Connor Colombo and sophomore Connor Speed.

In Game One, Colombo went the distance and Speed followed suit in Game Two. Although the team dropped the first game, only one run was scored on nine total hits. Things got a lot more exciting in Game Two, as the ‘Cats won 5-1 behind five runs and nine hits.

With only one run scored in Game One, it was certainly a pitchers’ duel between Colombo and Salem State’s Sean Buckland. Colombo struck out four and gave up six hits while going six innings. Junior duo Brendan Fox and Eric Vilanova, along with freshman Christian Colon, recorded all three hits for the Bobcats.

In Game Two, the Bobcats scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Behind junior John Dinucci’s one-out single, the ‘Cats got the ball rolling, as senior Evan Czopek and junior Ryan McCarthy plated a pair. Colon continued his hot-hitting weekend, recording an RBI of his own as well.

Speed was the MVP of Game Two, as he picked up the complete game win, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven.

The Bobcats pick things up again on Tuesday March 29 at Endicott. First pitch is set for 4:00pm and will be live streamed.