Simon hits three homers as baseball splits at Wash. Adventist
|Jake Simon ’11 belted three home runs in one day, for a team-high total of four this season.|
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Bates junior Jake Simon hit three home runs to lead a potent Bobcat offense in a split doubleheader at Division II Washington Adventist University on Friday.
Bates won the first game 13-7 behind two homers by Simon (Waterford, Conn.) — part of a 3-for-3 day that included three runs and six RBIs — as well as a solo homer by junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.). In Game 2, the host Shock (4-4) prevailed 8-6 despite Simon’s fourth home run of the young season.
The Bobcats (5-2) conclude their trip with a doubleheader at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Those games can be followed via Live Stats.
Bates rapped out 16 hits, including three homers and three doubles, in Game 1. Junior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.), junior Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) and Lynd had two hits apiece.
Sophomore righthander Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) moved to 2-0 with the win, allowing five runs, only one earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out three over six innings. First-year Pat Siebenlist (Gaithersburg, Md.) mopped up in the seventh inning, giving up two runs to the Shock.
Bates got out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, as Simon, Lynd and Murphy all scored on Shock errors.
The Bobcats added four more in the third. Chris Burke and junior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) led off with singles, and they came home on a three-run blast by Simon. Lynd followed Simon with a solo homer of his own.
Bates made it 10-0 in the fourth as Simon clocked another three-run dinger that scored Velotta, who hit a leadoff single, and Webb, who had walked.
The Shock reached Alexander with a run in the fifth, but the Bobcats made it 13-1 in the top of the sixth. First-year Michael Spinosa’s (Charlottesville, Va.) single, combined with a Shock error, scored junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) and first-year Chris Alfiero (Polson, Mont.). Spinosa came home with an unearned run as junior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) reached on an error.
Washington Adventist tried to make it a game late, plating four runs unearned runs in the sixth on a three-run double by Czyrklis, followed by an RBI double by Graym Kasko. The Shock added two more off of Siebenlist in the seventh on a two-run homer by Matthew Magallon.
Lynd started on the mound for Bates in Game 2 and lasted four innings, giving up a run in the first and two more in the second. Bates took the lead with four runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Noah Burke that scored Chris Burke, followed by a two-run double to left by sophomore Demetrios Gatzogiannis (Wells, Maine), which scored Noah Burke and Simon to tie the game up at 3-3. Senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly to score sophomore Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) from third to give the Bobcats a 4-3 lead.
Washington Adventist came back with four runs of their own in the fifth on the strength of two hits and two Bates errors, opening up a 7-4 lead. The Shock expanded it to 8-4 in the sixth with a sacrifice fly off of senior Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine).
Simon clouted his third homer of the day, a two-out, two-run shot that scored Velotta, in the top of the seventh, but the rally was defused with a ground out that ended the game at 8-6.
Noah Burke and Beaton each collected two of Bates’ seven hits in the game.