Records keep falling as baseball sweeps twinbill at UMF
|Noah Lynd ’11 stands alone atop Bates’ lists for home runs (11) and extra-base hits (23) in a season.|
|Ryan Heide earned his seventh win, tying Pete Shibley’s 1976 team record for wins in a season.|
FARMINGTON, Maine — The Bates College baseball team ran its program-record win total to 22 on Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader at UMaine-Farmington’s Hippach Field, 12-4 and 6-4. Meanwhile, two other big single-season team records were set, as junior Noah Lynd hit his 10th and 11th home runs of the season, and junior Ryan Heide won his seventh game of the year.
Bates (22-8) has won eight games in a row and 11 of its last 12, with the lone loss coming at Division I Maine. Farmington finished its season at 5-22.
Bates has a three-game series against Bowdoin starting with a nine-inning game in Brunswick on Friday, followed by a doubleheader in Lewiston on Saturday.
In the opener, junior Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) and Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) hit back-to-back homers as the Bobcats scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 12-4 win. Burke followed a leadoff double by senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) with a two-run homer. Lynd followed with a solo shot to make it 3-0, making him the first player in Bates baseball history to reach the 10-homer plateau, and moving out of a tie for the all-time record with Gary Page (from 1979) and Andy Carman (from 1984).
Lynd also took sole possession of Bates’ single-season extra-base hits record: at the end of the day he had 23, moving out of a tie at 20 with Bob Kearney from 1990.
Burke went 4 for 5 with a double, three runs scored and four RBIs in the game, while Beaton added three singles and a double as the Bobcats pounded out 14 hits. The Beavers pulled to 8-4 in the fifth, but a solo homer by junior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.), Simon’s seventh of the year, highlighted a three-run sixth for Bates to pull away.
Phineas Peake, Brian Jenkins and Matt Judkins each rapped a pair of singles and Kyle Shea clubbed a two-run home run in the loss.
First-year pitcher Pat Siebenlist (Gaithersburg, Md.) notched the win with 3.2 innings of relief for the Bobcats. Siebenlist allowed five hits and walked one batter.
Bill Ridge gave up 12 hits in 5.2 innings in the loss. Ridge walked three.
In game two, Lynd slammed a two-run blast in the seventh to power the Bobcats by the Beavers 6-4.
Farmington scored three times on two hits and two errors in the first and maintained the lead throughout the game until a sacrifice fly by Bates senior Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine) scored junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4. After Chris Burke reached on an error in the seventh, Lynd followed with his 11th homer of the year for the 6-4 victory.
Noah Burke and junior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) each singled and doubled for Bates, with Lynd also singling and junior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) pitching in with two singles.
Matt Levine singled, doubled and drove in a run for Farmington, with Jenkins slugging a solo homer and Peake contributing two singles.
Heide (Medfield, Mass.) worked two innings in relief of first-year starting pitcher Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) with a hit and a strikeout to collect the win, raising his record to 7-1 on the season. Heide moved into a tie for Bates’ single-season wins record with Pete Shibley, who went 7-1 for the Bobcats in the 1976 season.
Casey Ashey pitched two innings of relief in the loss with three hits allowed. Ashey also had two strikeouts.