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Baseball tops Fisher in Game 2 for season-ending split













LEWISTON, Maine -- Casey McCormack came home from second on a throwing error for the game-winning run in the extra 8th inning, giving Bates College a 6-5 win and a doubleheader split against Fisher College in the Bobcats' season finale on Monday. Fisher College won the first game of the day 7-3.

Bates finishes 14-21, the Bobcats' highest win total since 1992. Fisher moves to 30-21.

Bates senior Brian Buckley (Andover, Mass.) came up against Fisher reliever Evan Tardugno with one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth. Buckley bounced into a would-be double-play ball to shortstop, but after getting the out at second, the throw to first sailed over the first baseman's head, allowing McCormack (Keene, N.H.) to round third and score the winning run.

Fisher had tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the top of the seventh, as Kevin Ryan led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Diaz.

Bates junior RHP Chuck Murphy-Romboletti (Holyoke, Mass.) got the victory, moving to 2-1, after coming on to get two outs and end a Fisher threat in the top of the eighth.

Kenny Rivera and Ryan were both 3-4 for Fisher in Game 2, with Rivera tagging a solo home run to lead off the second inning.

For Bates, sophomore 2B Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) went 2-4 with three RBIs. Buckley hit a two-run double in the fourth to put Bates on top 5-4.

Bates senior RHP Sean VanderVliet (Meriden, N.H.) started and went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out three. Kevin Michael started for the Falcons and was chased in the fourth inning, although reliever Mark Dorso came on and allowed Buckley's go-ahead, two-run double.

Bates senior SS Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.) went 1-4 in his final game, notching his 50th hit of the season, after breaking his own Bates single-season record in Game 1 with his 49th hit. Mahoney ends his career with Bates career records in hits (175), total bases (224), games played (125), games started (124), at-bats (488) and singles (137). He also finishes the season with 30 RBIs, the highest total for a Bobcat in over 10 years.

The Falcons won Game 1 in seven innings behind six shutout innings from starter Robert Mondello, who allowed only five hits and walked none while striking out three. Bates reached reliever Tardugno for three runs on three hits in the seventh to make the score closer.

Fisher reached Bates first-year starter Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) for six runs (five earned) over 4.1 innings, dropping Heide's record to 1-5 on the season. Thomas Englehardt hit an RBI double in the first inning to put the Falcons ahead, and Fisher added three runs in the third, featuring RBI hits by Jose Reyes and Eddy Delcarmen, capped by a steal of home by Delcarmen.

Delcarmen struck again in the fifth, clubbing a two-run home run to left field off of Heide, who then gave way to senior LHP Simon Griesbach (West Bend, Wis.). Fisher went ahead 7-0 with a run in the sixth on Jose Diaz's RBI single off of Griesbach.

Beaton had the only multi-hit game for Bates in Game 1 as well as Game 2, going 2-4 with an RBI.

Seeing their final game in a Bates uniform were RHP Danny Bousquet (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Buckley, C Alex Egelson (Fairfield, Conn.), Griesbach, 2B Denis Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), 1B Erik Hood (Berlin, N.H.), Mahoney, OF Alex Maulucci (Avon, Conn.), McCormack, DH Rob Patton (Darien, Conn.), VanderVliet and RHP Ralph Vitti (Winchester, Mass.).

Game 1 Box Score (Fisher 7, Bates 3)

Game 2 Box Score (Bates 6, Fisher 5)