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Seniors shine in their finale as Bobcats split twinbill with Fisher

Griffin Finan '07 won his 10th career game and matched the Bates record for career starts (27).
Peter Meisel '07 allowed just two runs and struck out six in a complete-game effort.
Rob Schuler '07 batted 5-for-6 on his final day as a Bobcat.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team finished the 2007 season Monday by splitting a doubleheader at home against Fisher College, winning Game 1 5-2 and falling 2-1 in the finale.

Bates finishes up 7-22; Fisher concluded its regular season with a 30-14 record.

For Bates, the day will perhaps best be remembered for the outstanding performances turned in by each of the team's three seniors in their respective curtain calls.

In Game 1, senior righthander Griffin Finan (Bethesda, Md.), making his Bates record-tying 27th start, limited the Falcons to two runs, one earned, on six hits and four walks, raising his record to 4-3 this season. It was Finan's 10th career win.

Bates banged out 12 hits against Fisher starter Evan Tardugno, including three apiece by juniors Denis Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), who was 3-for-4, and senior Rob Schuler (Hanover, Mass.), who was 3-for-3 with an RBI in his penultimate college game.

Bates struck for four runs in the second inning, with four hits. Junior Erik Hood (Berlin, N.H.) was hit by Tardugno to lead off the inning, and after first-year Josh Linscott's (Portland, Maine) base hit he came home on an RBI single by junior Alex Egelson (Fairfield, Conn.). Egelson was 2-for-3 in the game with two RBIs.

Sophomore Matt Devin (Bridgewater, Mass.) hit an RBI fielder's choice, then came home on junior Casey McCormack (Keene, N.H.) double down the left-field line. Schuler's single scored McCormack to make it 4-0 Bates.

The Bobcats added another run in the third, as Hood singled to right and scored on Egelson's single.

The Falcons struck for two runs in the sixth on RBI hits by juniors Carlos Alvarado and Alfredo Torres.

In Game 2, Bates collected 10 more hits off of Fisher senior starter Pat Holland, but left 10 runners on base, including with the bases loaded in the seventh, a jam Holland was able to get out of to earn the win.

Bates senior Peter Meisel (Newtown, Conn.), a relief pitcher making his fourth career start, took the hard-luck loss in a complete-game seven-inning effort, allowing the Falcons only two runs on eight hits and no walks, while striking out six batters. In the seventh inning, Meisel fanned Perry and Alvarado with first-year Zach Thompson standing on second, finishing his college pitching career with a flourish.

The Bobcats led off the bottom of the seventh with consecutive singles by Schuler and Hogan. Junior Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.). But Holland induced three ground balls, which sandwiched an intentional walk to junior Brian Buckley (Andover, Mass.), to stem the rally.

Buckley, who was 1-for-3 in Game 1, had his hitting streak end at 13 games in the second game, going 0-for-3.

Junior Alex Maulucci (Avon, Conn.), McCormack and Schuler, the bottom three in Bates' order, had two hits apiece in the game.

BOX SCORE: Bates 5, Fisher 2 (Game 1)

BOX SCORE: Fisher 2, Bates 1 (Game 2)