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Bates outslugs Middlebury in baseball, 13-11

Tom Beaton '10 went 3-6 with three runs. (Scott Linscott photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning and held on for a 13-11 victory over rival Middlebury College Friday at Leahey Field. The game between NESCAC rivals did not count in conference standings.

It was Bates' first win against Middlebury since 1997, a drought encompassing 12 losses and a tie against the Panthers.

Bates raises its record to 13-20. The Bobcats will host Fisher College in a season finale doubleheader on Monday starting at 2 p.m. Middlebury drops to 13-15 and will finish with a doubleheader at Bowdoin College tomorrow starting at noon.

Bates senior SS Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.) went 1-4 and matched his own Bates single-season hits record with his 48th, as each Bates starter had at least one hit en route to 16 as a team.

Bates sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring eight runs on seven hits and two Panther errors as Middlebury stuck with senior RHP Justin Wright (West Simsbury, Conn.). Bates senior DH Rob Patton (Darien, Conn.) smacked a two-run double to punctuate the rally.

The Panthers got four back in the second, as Bates sophomore LHP Custer Cook (Philadelphia, Pa.) ran into control trouble. Cook issued four walks in the inning, allowing Middlebury to plate a run on a groundout by junior SS David Miranowski (St. Paul, Minn.), two more on a bases-loaded double by junior Mark Shimrock (Lansdale, Pa.), and a fourth on a wild pitch.

Junior RHP Ben Shwartz (Mattapoisett, Mass.) came on in relief when Cook walked the leadoff batter in the third inning, and Middlebury tacked on two more runs to close it to 8-6, featuring an RBI single by senior RF Frazier Stowers (Lynchburg, Va.).

Shwartz earned the victory to raise his record this year to 1-3, allowing two runs (one earned) over three innings of work.

Bates added to its lead with a run in the fourth on senior LF Brian Buckley's (North Andover, Mass.) RBI single. Middlebury came back by piecing together a run in the top of the fifth, using a single by senior Gabe Broughton (Barrington, Ill.), a Stowers single, a Miranowski sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by senior Nick Lefeber (Branford, Conn.).

Bates opened the lead back to five, at 12-7, with three runs in the fifth, chasing Wright (1-1) after he allowed a two-run double to senior C Alex Egelson (Fairfield, Conn.). First-year RHP Scooter Scott (Marlboro, Vt.) came on to shut the door on the Bates rally, inducing Patton into an outfield fly.

Chuck Murphy-Romboletti stifled the Panthers over the final 1 2/3 innings, earning his second save. (Scott Linscott photo)

Middlebury clawed back with two runs in the sixth off of Bates' third pitcher, first-year RHP Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine). Junior Mark Shimrock led off with a walk and came home on a double down the left-field line by junior OF Peter Bourdon (Simsbury, Conn.). Senior 3B John Lanahan (Jacksonville, Fla.), who had singled, later came home on a wild pitch to close the gap to 12-9.

Bates nudged its lead to 13-9 in the bottom of the sixth, as sophomore 2B Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) singled, stole second and scored on a double by first-year RF Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.).

Middlebury made it interesting once again in the eighth, as Lanahan led off with a walk, followed by a two-run home run to left field by sophomore Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.), his eighth of the season.

Bates junior RHP Chuck Murphy-Romboletti (Holyoke, Mass.) came on to strike out Sowers and Miranowski to end the inning, then threw a shutout ninth inning, allowing only a walk to first-year pinch hitter Nick Angstman (Wiliston, Vt.), for a five-out save, his second of the season.

Shimrock led Middlebury's 11-hit attack, going 3-5 with a run and two RBIs, while Broughton went 2-3 with three runs.

Beaton led the Bobcats with three hits and three runs. Velotta, Hood, first-year 3B Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) and senior CF Casey McCormack (Keene, N.H.) had two hits apiece for Bates.

BOX SCORE: Bates 13, Middlebury 11

Listen to Monday's doubleheader vs. Fisher

Bates College has partnered with Teamline to make live play-by-play of selected Bobcat athletic events, including Monday's season finale doubleheader against Fisher, which begins at 2 p.m.

There are two simple ways to listen in on the play-by-play:

  1. Free via the Internet. Simply follow this link or click on the Teamline logo above.
  2. Via any telephone for $5 per game. To access the game via any phone just dial (216) 502-3200. Enter team code 0424 when prompted. Long distance charges may apply, depending on your particular long distance plan or provider.

NOTE: Bookmark Teamline's Bates webcast page to listen to future broadcasts as well as archived broadcasts of Bates basketball and football games from earlier this year.