The battle for the Southern Conference title tightened up over the weekend as Miami Dade College swept Eastern Florida State College in a three-game series.
The Titans lost 6-2 on Saturday as Miami Dade scored four times in the final three innings and leave Bruce Bochy Field tied for the conference lead at 9-6.
Miami Dade would tie the game in the second inning and take the lead in the sixth inning.
Bates hit a double in the game and has a hit in 15 straight games for the Titans. Gabriel Vera hit a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, his first home run of the season.
Connor Brian struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs in a no-decision.
The Titans will open a three-game series with Indian River State College on Wednesday on the road before hosting the Pioneers on Friday night at 6 p.m.