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Thomas prevails over baseball team in a wild one, 8-7







LEWISTON, Maine -- Thomas College scored seven runs in the final two innings to turn a late 3-1 deficit into an 8-7 non-league victory, spoiling the home opener for the Bates College baseball team Monday at Leahey Field.

The Terriers (7-7) went ahead 4-3 in the eighth inning on a three-run home run by sophomore catcher Nicholas Cloutier (Topsham, Maine) off of Bates junior righthanded reliever Chuck Murphy-Romboletti (Holyoke, Mass.). Cloutier, a mid-game replacement at catcher, drove a fly ball into the snowbank beyond the fence in left center field in his lone plate appearance of the game for his first home run of the season.

Junior SS Jared Fieldsend (Somersworth, N.H.) smacked a three-run home run of his own, also his first this season, off of Murphy-Romboletti in the top of the ninth to follow an RBI single by first-year 2B Michael Busa (Carver, Mass.), giving the Terriers an 8-3 lead, of which it would need every run.

The Bobcats (4-12) staged a comeback attempt of their own with four runs off of Thomas sophomore righthander Kyle Kendall (Fairhaven, Maine) in the bottom of the ninth. Thomas sophomore Kyle McPherson came on for Kendall with senior Bobcats Denis Hogan (Franklin, Mass.) and Casey McCormack (Keene, N.H.) on base, an 8-5 lead and one out. After unleashing a wild pitch to advance the runners, McPherson struck out Bates senior Brian Mahoney (Sudbury, Mass.) for the second out. Bates senior Brian Buckley (Andover, Mass.) drove both runners home with a sharp single to left, closing the Thomas lead to 8-7 and bringing up first-year Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.), a late-game replacement for senior Erik Hood (Berlin, N.H.) at first base. McPherson induced a fly ball to right by Lynd to finish off the win for his second save this season.

First-year righthander Andrew Martin (Rochester, Mass.) earned the win for Thomas, allowing three runs over seven innings of work while striking out nine Bobcats to raise his record to 2-0.

Bates first-year righthander Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) sparkled in his finest start to date, allowing the Terriers three runs (one earned) in 7 2/3 innings of work. Heide allowed six hits and walked no one while striking out four Terriers.

Sophomore 3B Tom Desjardins (Fort Kent, Maine) went 2-4 for the Terriers, including a solo home run in the second. Busa was 3-5 to lead Thomas's 11-hit attack.

Hogan went 2-5 for Bates with a pair of runs and an RBI. Hood and McCormack were each 1-3 with a run and an RBI, and senior DH Rob Patton (Darien, Conn.) hit a run-scoring single in the second inning. Sophomore RF Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) singled, stole second and scored a would-be insurance run for Bates in the seventh inning.

The Bobcats turned two unusual double plays, particularly to end the sixth inning, when Beaton speared a liner by junior Mike Chamard (Livermore Falls, Maine) and fired to Mahoney to catch Busa returning to second base. Hood initiated Bates' other double play with an unassisted putout at first before he threw to Mahoney at second to tag out first-year Joshua Nickerson (Stockton Springs, Maine).

Bates plays a doubleheader at Fisher College on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Thomas 8, Bates 7