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Baseball blasts Fisher in doubleheader, 17-6 and 18-7

C. Burke




N. Burke




LEWISTON, Maine -- When Bates College junior Chris Burke dropped a single into left field during the sixth inning of the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with Fisher College, the announcement came over the public address system at Leahey Field.

"Congratulations to Chris Burke, who just tied Tommy Beaton's single-season hits record!" called the announcer, Bates senior Dave Myerson.

Burke's single, his seventh hit of the day, had moved Beaton to third base. Beaton, who had just singled for his 55th hit of the season, ribbed Burke from across the diamond. "At least you could have hit a line drive," Beaton shouted.

As Bates won Game 1 by a 17-6 score and Game 2 by an 18-7 score, the Bobcats' team record book continued to be rewritten all over the place. In the process, Bates ran its team-record win total to 25, with one game remaining in the season, a nine-inning contest at the University of Southern Maine tomorrow.

The Bobcats moved to 25-10 on the year, while Fisher, an NAIA Division I team, dropped to 25-23.

Earlier in the day, Beaton broke Burke's single-season hit record of 52, set last season, but Burke caught up to him, and now both share the record at 55 hits.

Other team marks that fell on Tuesday included:

  • Junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) homered in both games, continuing to send the team single-season record spiraling upward. Lynd now has 13 on the season -- before this season, the previous record of nine home runs had stood since 1979.
  • Lynd also tied the team record for RBIs in a season with his 41st, matching Andy Carman's total from 1984.
  • Junior Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.) set a new Bates standard for strikeouts in a season while earning the win in Game 1. Chiampa's nine strikeouts on the day gave him 55 for the season, passing Dennis Gromelski's previous team record of 52 from 1988.
  • Junior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) scored four runs on the day for a total of 42 on the season, surpassing the team record of 40 set by Peter Mrowka in 1985.
  • Junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) hit his 15th double of the season, breaking the previous single-season mark of 14 set by Ben Bines in 2000.

It was Noah Burke who posted the stat line of the day, in Game 1. The second baseman went 5-for-5 in the game with two doubles, four runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases.

Bates banged out 21 hits in Game 1 in support of Chiampa, scoring in every inning, including four runs in the first inning, four more in the second and six in the fourth. Zack Timmermeyer (1-1) started the game for the Falcons but was relieved after just two-thirds of an inning. Fisher used five more pitchers to get through Bates' six innings of at-bats.

Fisher shortstop Jose Rodriguez was 3-for-4 in Game 1 with a two-run home run in the first inning. Yano Petruzzelli hit a pinch-hit, bases-clearing double in the sixth inning for the Falcons.

Game 2 was more of the same, as Bates totaled 17 hits and owned a commanding 11-2 lead after three innings, thanks to four runs scored in the first and seven more added in the third off Fisher starter Robert Mondello (1-6) and reliever Casey Reed. Bates first-year pitcher Pat Siebenlist (Gaithersburg, Md.) took over for Bates sophomore starter Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) after one inning of work and went three innings for the Bobcats to move to 3-0 on the season.

Simon hit a three-run home run to deep left center in the third inning, his eighth of the season. For Fisher, Edwin Pena hit his third homer of the year, a three-run shot in the seventh inning.

Bates juniors Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) and Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) both went a combined 5-for-8 on the day.

Game 1 Box Score: Bates 17, Fisher 6

Game 2 Box Score: Bates 18, Fisher 7