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Baseball sweeps twinbill from Colby, 11-3 and 13-7









LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team swept Colby College in a NESCAC East Division doubleheader Sunday at Leahey Field, winning Game 1 11-3 and taking Game 2 13-7.

The Bobcats (6-10, 3-3 NESCAC East) overcame a 3-0 deficit after three innings in Game 1 with four runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth, pounding out 14 hits, including a three-run home run by first-year Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) in the fourth and a two-run homer by sophomore Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) in the fifth. Sophomore starting pitcher Paul Chiampa (Bryantville, Mass.), meanwhile, scattered seven hits and struck out 11 Mules in a seven-inning, complete-game performance, evening his record to 2-2.

Craig Cooper and John LaMantia hit solo homers in Game 1 for Colby (4-9, 1-2 NESCAC East). Cooper homered again in Game 2.

Ken Kaufman was the lone multiple hitter for Colby in Game 1, and Justin Clark (0-1) accepted the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, in four innings.

For Bates, every starter had at least one hit, with Jake Simon, Webb, senior Matt Devin (Bridgewater, Mass.), Ciummei and sophomore Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) each collecting two. Ciummei drove in four runs and Webb had three RBIs.

Bates started where it left off in Game 2, scoring four in the second, six more in the third, and three more in the sixth to jump out to a 13-0 lead. The Bobcats had 17 hits in the game, including first-year Kelvin Gutierrez's (New York, N.Y.) first career home run, a three-run shot to center in the second, and a two-run round-tripper by sophomore Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) in the third, his third homer of the season.

After holding the Mules scoreless through six innings, Bates sophomore starter Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) was reached in the seventh, when Cooper hit a three-run home run, scoring LaMantia and John Lerner. First-year Tyler Kuehl (Plymouth, N.H.) replaced Heide and closed down the Colby rally, but in the eighth inning the Mules scored four runs, one earned, off of him, with hits by Lerner and Will Greenberg combining with three Bates errors, narrowing the deficit to 13-7. Bates senior Chuck Murphy-Romboletti (Holyoke, Mass.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal up the win.

LaMantia batted 4-for-6 in the second game, while Cooper went 2-for-5 with the homer and four RBIs. Ryan Conlon also had two hits for Colby, which collected 13 hits in total. Abhimanyu Chandel (0-2) accepted the loss for the Mules after lasting 2.1 innings.

Webb was 3-for-4 in Game 2; on the day he was 5-for-8 with two doubles, one home run, four runs and four RBIs. Gutierrez was 2-for-2 with a homer, two runs and four RBIs, and Devin went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Heide earned the win to raise his record to 2-1.

Game 1 Box Score: Bates 11, Colby 3

Game 2 Box Score: Bates 13, Colby 7