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Hogan homers during baseball's comeback attempt at Middlebury

Denis Hogan '08 hit his team-high third home run of the season in Bates' comeback attempt in Game 2. (Scott Linscott Photo)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Middlebury College baseball team swept a pair of games from Bates College on a cold and blustery Sunday afternoon at Forbes Field. The Panthers took game one 4-1 before holding on for a 10-9 victory in the second contest.

Bates hosts Thomas College on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the Bobcats' home opener

Middlebury struck for three runs in the first inning of game one on a three-run shot from Mark Shimrock, plating Nick Lefeber and Gabe Broughton. Bates senior Alex Egelson (Fairfield, Conn.) drove in senior Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.) with a ground out in the fourth to put Bates on the board. The Panthers added a run in the fifth as Shimrock drove in Broughton with an RBI double. That's all Middlebury starter Jack Britton would need as he earned the complete game win, allowing just three hits while striking out six over seven innings of work.

Shimrock ended the game 2-3 with four RBI for Middlebury, while Peter Bourdon had a double. Three different players singled for Bates, as senior righthander Sean VanderVliet (Meriden, N.H.) took the loss on the mound.

Middlebury jumped out early again in game two, scoring four in the first to take the lead. An RBI double by Bourdon and a run-scoring single by Erich Enns sparked the inning. The Panthers led 5-0, but Bates would score in each of the next five innings. Three of those runs came in the third, behind a two-run single from first-year Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.).

Middlebury led 5-4 before scoring twice in the fifth on a two-run blast by Enns. Bates answered with two of their own to cut the lead to 7-6 after five innings. The Panthers gained some breathing room in the sixth, as RBI singles from Shimrock and Bourdon gave them a 10-6 lead.

Bates would not go away, striking for two in the sixth on a two-run homer by senior Denis Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), his third of the season. Trailing 10-8 in the seventh, the Bobcats loaded the bases with nobody out. But Bates would score just once in the inning and leave the bases loaded, as they fell 10-9.

Nick Angstman earned the win for Middlebury, with relief from Matt Joseph and a save from Donald McKillop. Enns went 3-4 with three RBI, Broughton was 3-4, while Shimrock and Bourdon each went 2-3 with two runs scored and two driven in.

Junior righthander Ben Shwartz (Mattapoisett, Mass.) started and took the loss for Bates. Simon went 3-3 with four RBI in the game. Hogan had a 2-4 day, scoring twice and driving in a pair, while Mahoney went 2-4 with two runs scored.

Game 1 Box Score (Middlebury 4, Bates 1)

Game 2 Box Score (Middlebury 10, Bates 9)