|Tom Beaton '10 beats the tag at first base during Bates' 15-2 win. Beaton went 2-6 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs in the game. (Scott Linscott photo)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team pounded out a season-high 20 hits and rode a strong pitching performance by first-year Paul Chiampa (Bryantville, Mass.) to a 15-2 non-conference win over UMaine-Farmington on Thursday at Leahey Field.
Bates (5-14) broke out of a 0-0 tie through two innings with four runs inthe third, three in the fourth, and four in the fifth for a 10-0 lead through five. The Bobcats tacked on a run in the seventh and three more in the eighth for their biggest offensive output of the year.
Chiampa threw six innings and allowed one unearned runs, on five hits, striking out three for his first college victory (1-1). Sophomore righthander Ryan Horvath (Fort Myers, Fla.) threw two shutout innings of relief before giving way to Noah Burke, who allowed the Beavers one run in the ninth.
Pat Howell took the loss for the Beavers (3-10), going 4 1/3 innings and allowing 10 runs (9 earned) on 12 hits and three walks.
Freshman 1B/3B Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) entered the game as a pinch runner for 1B Erik Hood in the second inning after Hood aggravated a muscle strain while running the bases. Lynd seized the opportunity by going 3-5 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs the rest of the way.
Sophomore RF/SS Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) also hit a pair of doubles while scoring three runs and driving in three more. Senior SS Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.) was 3-5 and senior CF Casey McCormack (Keene, N.H.), senior 2B Denis Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), Beaton, senior LF Brian Buckley (Andover, Mass.) and first-year 3B Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) all collected two hits in the effort.
Sophomore 2B Kyle Shea (Bar Harbor, Maine) and first-year RF Andrew Dean (Gorham, Maine) had two hits apiece for the Beavers, who collected seven in all.
UMF will host UMaine-Presque Isle in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon; Bates plays host to NESCAC East Division rival Colby tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.