Baseball Bests Bates, 5-3 – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics

TROY, NY – Seniors Hudson Livesey and cole paquin combined to drive in four runs to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) baseball team to a 5-3 victory over Bates College on Saturday afternoon at Robison Field at Karl Steffen Ballpark. With the win, the Engineers improve to 1-1, while the Bobcats drop to 1-3.

RPI took a 4-0 lead early in the first period after Bates put two in goal scoring position with just one out in the top half.

Paquin (Clifon Park, NY/Shenendehowa) tackled the game’s first two runs with a brace that whistled just inside the third base bag. dylan albert (Southington, Connecticut/Xavier) and Jacques Defayette (Schenectady, NY/Schalmont) came on to score on the play. Graduate student Joe Curci (Chicago, IL/University of Chicago High School) then brought Paquin back in singles for 3-0, before Livesey (St. Petersburg, FL/St. Petersburg) tripled the fence down center to cap the rally.

Bates scratched a run in the top of the second to make it 4-1. Drew Fallon (Mansfield, MA/Moses Brown School) delivered a left hit that scored Jack Brennan (West Hartford, CT/Conard).

Solid mid-inning pitches from both sides kept opposing attacks off the board until early in the seventh, when the Bobcats took advantage of a passed ball and a wild pitch to make it a one-point game at 4 -3.

Engineers tackled an insurance run in the eighth on a sacrificed fly from Livesey, which brought home Jack Moncur (Burlington, ON / Notre Dame Catholic) from third base.

Right-handed Cameron Heuer (New York, NY/Hunter College High School) and Thomas Neumann (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Westminster Academy) threw scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth to seal the victory, with Neuman recovering the stoppage after instigating a late-game 6-4-3 double play.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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